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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around 2024 Lok Sabha Elections, Mukesh Ambani’s Deepfake & More

While the Lok Sabha Elections concluded with Narendra Modi swearing-in as the Indian Prime Minister for a record third consecutive term, the social media platforms continue to witness misinformation around the recently held polls. From false claims around Congress’ poll guarantee to misinformation about the number of Muslim MPs elected to the Parliament, here are our top fact checks from this week:

Lok Sabha Elections

False Claim Of 110 Muslim MPs Elected To Lok Sabha Goes Viral

Several social media users claimed that 110 Muslim candidates were elected as the MPs in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Elections. However, Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. We found that while 78 Muslims contested the polls including Independents in this election, only 24 were elected to the Lok Sabha this year, two less than in 2019. Read more here.

Viral Graphic Related To 2021 Cabinet Rejig, Does Not Show Educational Background Of Modi 3.0 Ministers

A graphic claiming to show the educational qualifications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest Union Council of Ministers has been widely shared on social media. But Newschecker found that the viral  infographic dates back to July 2021, and that it does not show the educational qualifications of the latest Union Council of Ministers. Read more here.

Old Video Of Women Queuing Outside UP Bank Falsely Linked To Congress’ Poll Guarantee

Several social media users are circulating a video, mockingly stating that Muslim women are queuing up to receive ₹8,500 per month, promised under Rahul Gandhi’s “khatakhat scheme”. However, it dates back to April 2020, shows women standing in queue to withdraw money after being misled by rumours surrounding Jan Dhan accounts in UP. Read  more here.

Viral Video Of Mukesh Ambani Launching AI Trading App Is Deepfake

A video purportedly showing Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani launching his AI trading app, developed in partnership with Elon Musk’s team, is going viral on social media. However, Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. The viral video of Mukesh Ambani launching an AI trading app is a deepfake. Read more here.

Reasi Terror Attack: Civilians, Not Army Soldiers, Killed After Terrorists Opened Fire At Bus Carrying Pilgrims

Several social media users  shared an image of men in military fatigue inspecting a bus, claiming that Indian army soldiers were killed in a recent terror attack at Reasi in Jammu and Kashmir. These users further alleged that the local police confirmed that ten soldiers were killed in the terror attack. However, Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. Read more here.

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