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HomeFact CheckWeekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Chennai Floods, Israel-Hamas Conflict & More

Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Chennai Floods, Israel-Hamas Conflict & More

From the devastating floods triggered by cyclone Michaung that paralysed Chennai to the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict that has entered a new, intense phase, social media was flooded with false claims in the past week. Here are the top five fact-checks of the week by Newschecker.

Old Video From Georgia Supermarket Falsely Linked To 2023 Chennai Floods

Several social media users shared a video, purportedly showing fish flopping around on the floor of a flooded supermarket in Chennai after cyclone Michaung. Newschecker found that the video dates back to 2018 and shows a grocery store in Georgia.

Qatar Quashes Death Sentences Of 8 Ex-Indian Navy Personnel? No, Viral Claim Is False’

Multiple social media users claimed that Qatar recently quashed the death sentence handed to eight former personnel of the Indian Navy who were arrested in an alleged case of espionage, as the Gulf state valued its friendship with India. Newschecker found the claims to be false and that no such official announcement was made.

Video Of Palestinian Family Mourning Death Of 5-month-old Baby Shared With False Claim

Several social media users claimed that Palestinian propaganda pushers have shared a video of a man holding up a toy baby as a dead baby. Newschecker found the claims to be false and that the baby was a 5-month-old Palestinian infant killed during one of the Israeli air raids on Gaza.

Old Video Showing Cargo Ship On Fire Off Sri Lankan Coast Falsely Shared As Israeli Vessel Bombed By Yemen

Several social media users shared a video claiming it shows an Israeli cargo ship ‘Unity Explorer’ bombed by Yemen amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. Newschecker found that the video dates back to 2021 and shows a Singapore-flagged cargo ship that caught fire off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Old Video Of House Collapsing Into River In Kerala Falsely Linked To 2023 Chennai Floods

A video showing a house collapsing into a river went viral with the claim that the incident happened in Chennai, where heavy rainfall and floods triggered by Cyclone Michaung in December 2023 displaced over 18,000 people and killed at least eight. Newschecker found that the video dates back to October 2021 and was taken during the flash floods in Kerala.


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