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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Baltimore Bridge Collapse, Holi Celebrations & More

From 2024 Lok Sabha Polls to a bridge collapse in the US, multiple incidents captured social media attention this week. And as has been observed time and again, with news and information, comes misinformation. While an old video of an auto crash was misleadingly linked to the recent Holi celebrations, a photograph from a ‘No Vote To BJP’ rally in Kolkata was falsely shared to show the “mood of Tamil Nadu.” From false claims on Congress’ Supriya Shrinate to misinformation around Baltimore bridge collapse, read our top fact checks from the week here:

Misinformation

Holi 2024: Viral Video Of Auto Rickshaw Overturning After Being Hit By Water Balloon Is Old

A video of an auto rickshaw losing balance and overturning after being hit by a water balloon has been widely shared on social media platforms amid Holi celebrations. Newchecker found that a two-year-old video has been shared out of context, and misleadingly posted with #Holi2024 inferring that it’s a recent incident. Read more here.

An Old Image ‘No Vote to BJP’ Rally In Kolkata Passed Off As From Tamil Nadu

An image is doing rounds on social media that shows a rally against the BJP with a ‘No Vote To BJP’ banner and placards. Posting that image a section of social media users claimed that the anti-BJP rally took place in Tamil Nadu. We found that the image is old and it is not from Tamil Nadu, but Kolkata. Read more here.

Deepfake Video Of Donald Trump Promising Support To Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan Goes Viral Ahead Of US Polls

A video allegedly showing Donald Trump extending his support to jailed Pakistani leader Imran Khan and promising to free him from prison if elected is going viral. Newschecker found that an AI generated audio has been digitally added to a video of Donald Trump to falsely claim that Trump extended his support to Imran Khan. Read more here.

2022 Video Of Kerch Bridge Explosion Falsely Linked To Baltimore Bridge Collapse

Multiple social media users shared a fifteen-second-long-video claiming to show an explosion at the Baltimore bridge before it collapsed. We found that an old video of an explosion at the Kerch bridge- a bridge connecting Russia and Crimea- has been falsely linked to the recent Baltimore bridge collapse. Read more here.

Woman With Dawood Ibrahim In Viral Photograph Is Not Congress Spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, But Journalist Sheela Bhatt

A photo allegedly showing Congress’s social media department head and former journalist, Supriya Shrinate, with underworld don and terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, in 1987 is going viral. Newschecker found that the image actually features veteran journalist Sheela Bhatt with Ibrahim, and not Shrinate, Read more here.


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