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Weekly Wrap: False Claims About Eknath Shinde, Mamata Banerjee & More

From an old video of Mamata Banerjee riding a scooter shared with false claim to  fake news about legalising of suicide pod in Switzerland, here are our top 5 fact checks from the past week:

Weekly Wrap: False Claims About Eknath Shinde, Mamata Banerjee & More

Mamata Banerjee ‘Learning To Drive Scooter’? No, Old Video Goes Viral With False Claim

A video showing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee attempting to ride a scooter escorted by a group of people, is going viral on social media platforms. Users sharing the video claim that the roads were closed for Mamata Banerjee to “learn driving a scooter,” resulting in a hassle for the general public. Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. Read more here.

Video Of Motorbikes Skidding On Flyover Is From Pakistan

A video showing multiple motorbikes skidding on a flyover one after the other, allegedly due to heavy rains, causing chaos on the road, is going viral on social media, with users identifying the location of the accident as Sanpada station bridge in Navi Mumbai. Newschecker found that this video is from Pakistan. Read more here.

3D Printed Suicide Pod Legalised In Switzerland? Viral Claim Is False

An image of a futuristic coffin like device, called Sarco device, a euthanasia pod developed by Phillip Nitschke is going viral on social media along with the claim that these 3D printed suicide pods have passed legal review in Switzerland. Newschecker’s investigation reveals that the claim that 3D printed assisted suicide pods called Sarco pods developed by Philip Nitchke have passed a legal review in Switzerland, is false. Read more here.

Will ‘Aphelion Phenomenon’ Cause Colder Temperatures Till August? Viral Claim Is False

A social media post warning users of what  is being called the ‘aphelion phenomenon’ which sees a drop in global temperature to below normal levels, and will remain so until the end of August, is going viral on social media. Newschecker’s investigation reveals that the claim that the aphelion phenomenon will cause temperatures to be lower than normal is false. Read more here.

Viral Image Does Not Show Bal Thackeray ‘Blessing’ Eknath Shinde

An old photograph showing the late Marathi strongman and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray marking a ‘tilak’ on the forehead of a man is going viral on social media platforms. Users claim that the man seen in the photo with Thackeray is Eknath Shinde. Newschecker found that viral social media posts claiming to show Balasaheb Thackeray blessing Eknath Shinde, is false. The man seen in the photo is Anand Dighe. Read more here.


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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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