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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Lok Sabha Elections, False Claims On Goldy Brar & More

Social media platforms are abuzz with politically-charged content amid the Lok Sabha Elections. And as an expected outcome, election-related misinformation has surfaced widely on the digital platforms. A video from a mock drill was falsely shared to show a man voting for the BJP multiple times in Assam, and an old footage from Pakistan went viral with a claim of ‘vote jihad.’ From an image of prosthetic fingers from Japan being falsely linked to Lok Sabha Polls to false claim on gangster Goldy Brar, read our top fact checks from the week here

Voter Fraud In Assam? Viral Video Showing Man Casting 5 Votes For BJP Candidate Is From Mock Poll

Multiple social media users shared a video claiming to show a  person casting five consecutive votes for the BJP candidate in the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency of Assam, during the second phase of the elections on April 26, 2024. Newschecker found the claim to be untrue as the video is actually from a mock drill. The Election Commission of India, too, debunked the viral video, terming the allegation as “false and misleading”. Read more here.

Voting Fraud Using Fake Fingers? No, Viral Image Shows Prosthetic Fingers Used By Former Yakuza Members

Several social media users are circulating an image of what appears to be prosthetic fingers, claiming that they were being manufactured for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections to cast fake votes. Newschecker found the claim to be false. The viral image shows silicone fingers made for former Yakuza members in Japan to help them blend in with society. Read more here.

‘Vote Jihad’? Viral Video Of Police Officer Catching Man Wearing Burqa Falsely Linked To 2024 LS Polls

Several social media users are circulating a video, claiming that it shows a police officer apprehending a Muslim man who was wearing a burqa so as to cast fake votes in the ongoing general elections, which has completed two phases. Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. The video dates back to June 2023 and shows an incident from Lahore, Pakistan. Read more here.

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Viral Video Claiming To Show Murder Of Goldy Brar Is Old And Unrelated

Social media platforms were taken by a storm on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, when reports of gangster Goldy Brar being gunned down in the US surfaced online. Soon after, multiple X and Facebook users shared a video of a shootout claiming to show the killing of Goldy Brar. Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. The video dates back to July 2023, and shows a shootout in the US’ New Orleans. Read more here.

Edited Video Of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Calling It A Better Choice To Vote For BJP Than TMC Goes Viral

Ahead of the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections, a video of Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is widely circulating on social media, which shows him demanding votes for BJP. In the viral video, the President of the West Bengal Congress can be heard saying, “Voting for BJP is much better than voting for Trinamool”.  Newschecker found that the video has been shared out of context. Read more here.


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