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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around Lok Sabha Polls, Ram Navami, Aamir Khan’s Deepfake & More

The Lok Sabha Elections kick started this week with the first phase of polling on Friday. The social media platforms were abuzz with political content throughout the week as the country geared for the polls. And as a result, the platforms witnessed multiple politically-motivated misinformation. From deepfakes of Bollywood actor promoting Congress to an altered photograph of Jashodaben targeting PM Modi over his ‘guarantees,’ here are our top fact checks from the week:

Aamir Khan Warning Against ‘Jumlas’? No, Actor’s Deepfake Goes Viral Ahead Of Lok Sabha Polls

A video allegedly showing actor Aamir Khan warning against ‘Jumlas’ is being widely circulated on social media platforms in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Newschecker found that the audio in trailer of an episode of Satyamev Jayate has been digitally edited to falsely show actor Aamir Khan warning against ‘jumlas,’ and supporting the Congress in upcoming elections. Read more here.

Prime Minister’s Wife Targeting ‘Modi Ki Guarantee?’ No, Viral Image Of Jashodaben Is Edited

An alleged photograph of Jashodaben, the estranged wife of PM Modi, holding a placard saying “He gave the first guarantee to me, you are wise enough,” has been widely shared on social media platforms.  Multiple users shared the image insinuating that Jashodaben is targeting ‘Modi ki guarantee. Newschecker found that the viral image of Jashodaben targeting ‘Modi ki Guarantee’ has been digitally altered. Read more here.

Old Video Of Assault of Tamil Nadu BJP Executive Shared As Recent

A CCTV footage of a duo brutally assaulting a man in the middle of a road is going viral on social media platforms. Those who shared the video claim that it shows a recent attack on a Tamil Nadu BJP executive. Newschecker found that the video dates back to July 2023, and shows a BJP functionary being attacked by his own party members. Read more here.

Ranveer Singh Endorses Congress, Mocks PM Narendra Modi? No, Viral Video Is Deepfake

Several social media users are circulating a 42-second video, purportedly showing actor Ranveer Singh endorsing the Congress and mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Newschecker found that the viral video claiming to show actor Ranveer Singh mocking PM Narendra Modi and endorsing Congress has been edited. Read more here.

Ranchi Police’s Drone Surveillance Video Ahead Of Ram Navami Goes Viral With Communal Spin

Several social media users are circulating drone footage, claiming that the Ranchi Police had thwarted large-scale communal violence after discovering stones stockpiled on the terraces of at least 10 homes, ahead of the Ram Navami procession on Wednesday. The claims insinuated that the stones were being readied by Muslims to pelt at the procession. Newschecker found that video of Ranchi Police’s routine drone surveillance of the Ram Navami procession route shared with a communal claim. Read more here.


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