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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Asia Cup, G20 & More

From the ongoing G20 summit in New Delhi to the Asia Cup for men’s cricket, social media saw a spate of false claims in the past week, including a viral screenshot of a purported Washington Post article, praising Chandrayaan-3’s engineers. Here are the top five fact-checks of the week by Newschecker.

The Washington Post Praises Chandrayaan-3 Engineers? Viral Screenshot Is Of Reader’s Comment

Several social media users circulated a purported screenshot of a Washington Post article, claiming that the American daily had written glowingly about the success of India’s historic Chandrayaan-3 mission, especially on how the country’s space programme was evidence of its depth of talent, considering the engineers did not hail from India’s top institutes such as the “prestigious IITs”.  The viral screenshot is of a reader’s comment on a Washington Post article, dated August 24, 2023.

Asia Cup 2023: No, Pakistan Did Not Celebrate Cancellation Of ODI With India Due To Rain

Cricket fans world over were in for disappointment on 2nd September, 2023, when the India-Pakistan match, part of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, was cancelled after rain played spoilsport. Soon after, a video went viral on social media, claiming to show the Pakistan team celebrating in the dressing room. It was found that the video was of a match between India and Pakistan in the T20 Asia Cup in 2022 (played on September 4, 2022 in UAE), not the 2023 Asia Cup.

Old Photo From Mumbai Goes Viral Ahead Of G20 Summit In New Delhi

Several social media users circulated a photo, claiming that slums are being covered with sheets and banners ahead of the G20 Summit to be held between September 9-10, 2023, in New Delhi. However, Newschecker learnt that the photo was taken in Mumbai amid a G20 event in December 2022 and was being shared out of context.

‘Jai Bholenath’ Written On Forehead Of Differently Abled Youth in Bareilly, Incident Viral With Communal Twist

A video of a young man writing ‘Jai Bholenath’ on his forehead recently went viral on social media. In the video, a woman mentions that the young man is specially abled. A section of social media users posted in this video that some Hindu man wrote on the victim’s forehead. Newschecker found that the slogan was written on the forehead of the differently abled youth by his cousin using a sketch pen as a “prank” and both the victim and the accused belong to the same community.

2015 Video Of Surat Police Thrashing Two Men For Harassing Women Falsely Linked To Raksha Bandhan

Several social media users shared a video purportedly showing police personnel thrashing two people, claiming that the Gujarat Police had caught a Muslim harassing a Hindu girl on Raksha Bandhan, which fell on August 30 this year. The viral video dates back to 2015, when the Surat police beat up two men who were allegedly harassing women.

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