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Weekly Wrap: A Look At The Different Political & COVID-19 Related Claims Viral In India

The past week Indian social media witnessed a majority of false and misleading claims related to the State Assembly elections, ongoing in West Bengal and Assam. Additionally, a Whatsapp video falsely claims scientists at the University of Queensland have proven bananas prevent Coronavirus.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Falsely Claims No COVID In Assam, So “Why Create Unnecessary Panic?”

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s claim on “no COVID in Assam” is misleading. Active case numbers on the Central and State (Assam) government websites suggests otherwise. 

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Whatsapp Video Falsely Claims Scientists At University of Queensland Have Proven Bananas Prevent Coronavirus

A January 2020 ABC Australia news segment has been manipulated to falsely represent work being done by scientists at the University of Queensland, Australia claiming bananas prevent coronavirus.

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2019 Video Of Alleged Vote Rigging Shared Amid Ongoing West Bengal’s Legislative Assembly Elections

Keya Ghosh’s recent tweet with a video showing alleged vote rigging during West Bengal’s ongoing State Assembly Elections is misleading. The video in context is online since the 2019 General Elections in India.   

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2019 Video From Manipur Shared As Mamata Banerjee’s Supporters Storming Polling Booth In Cooch Behar

Video showing a mob disrupting voting is not from a polling booth in Cooch Behar, West Bengal. The video is from Inner Manipur’s polling station 6/10 Kyamgei Muslim Makha Leikai during India’s 2019 General Elections. 

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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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