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Weekly Wrap: Misinformation Around #RussiaUkraineConflict, False Claims About Rahul Gandhi & More

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this past week, misleading and false claims have flooded social media platforms. From old videos of explosions to video game footage being shared in context of recent Russian invasion, fake claims about former Miss Ukraine joining army to a video of Palestinian girl taking on Israeli soldier falsely linked to the current crisis and much more, we debunked several misinformation this week. Here are our top 5 fact checks-

Old unrelated video goes viral amid Russia Ukraine Conflict.

Old Unrelated Video Showing ‘Massive Explosion’ Goes Viral Amid #RussiaUkraineConflict

Several visuals claiming to depict the Russian invasion in Ukraine found their way to the social media platforms. One such video claiming to show a “massive explosion” in Ukraine amid the Russia Ukraine Conflict is being widely shared on social media platforms. Newschecker has found the viral video to be old and unrelated to the events of this past week. Read more here.

NO, This Photo Does Not Show Rahul Gandhi Eating With A Face Mask On! Photo Goes Viral With Misleading Claim

An image of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from his recent Gujarat visit, where he is seen wearing a face mask inside a restaurant, was shared widely by Twitter users claiming that he ate without taking his mask off.  Newschecker has found this claim to be untrue. Read more here.

Former Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna

Images Of Ex-Miss Ukraine Falsely Shared Claiming She Has Joined Ukraine’s Army

After Ukraine’s government urged its citizens to pick up arms and join the fight against Russian soldiers, many social media users, as well as news channels, shared images of former Miss Ukraine Anastasiia Lenna claiming that she has joined Ukraine’s army to defend her country against Russia. Newschecker has found the claim to be false. Read more here.

Viral Image Of Children ‘Paying Their Respect’ To Troops Is OLD. Not Connected To The Ongoing Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

An image claiming to show children watching military tanks pass by was shared widely in context to Ukraine. Newschecker found the viral image to be old and unrelated to the current #RussiaUkraineConflict. Read more here.

10-Year-Old Video Of Palestinian girl taking on Israeli soldier Falsely Linked To #RussiaUkraineConflict

A video of a young girl confronting an armed soldier is doing the rounds on social media amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict. The video shows the girl shouting at the soldier and repeatedly threatening to punch him. It is claimed that the video shows an eight-year-old Ukrainian girl taking on a Russian soldier for her country. Newschecker has found the video to be ten years old. Read more here.


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Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha Beri
Vasudha noticed the growing problem of mis/disinformation online after studying New Media at ACJ in Chennai and became interested in separating facts from fiction. She is interested in learning how global issues affect individuals on a micro level. Before joining Newschecker’s English team, she was working with Latestly.

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