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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 country’s second COVID-19 wave. Additionally, misleading claims related to the recently held State Assembly elections in West Bengal also surfaced.

Article On “Proof That The Pandemic Was Planned” Includes False And Unsubstantiated COVID-19 Related Claims

The article published on Madison Area Lyme Support Group’s website lists a variety of false and misleading claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic claiming its “proof that the pandemic was planned and with purpose.”

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Old Whatsapp Forward Concerning Disaster Management Act With A Live Law Report Is Misleading

Whatsapp message claiming that under Disaster Management Act, no one apart from the government department is allowed to post, update or share any forward related to Coronavirus, is misleading. A Live Law report was shared with this claim to add credibility. 

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2018 Image Of Woman Sitting On A Road With Oxygen Cylinder Shared To Mislead Amid India’s Second COVID-19 Wave

While the COVID-19 situation remains tense in India, we found that image in context is not related to the ongoing pandemic. It is in fact from 2018 in Uttar Pradesh. 

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

The video in context showing a mob disrupting voting is not from a polling booth in Cooch Behar, West Bengal. It’s in fact 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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