May 2019: Misinformation weaponised to target electoral process and political leaders - Alt News

 Politics was the fulcrum of misinformation/disinformation in May, as India voted in the 2019 general election. Misinformation was weaponized and disseminated in an aggressive, yet strategic manner in a bid to shape public opinion. After the verdict was declared on May 23, the focus moved towards EVMs and the integrity of the...... Read More
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Owaisi's heckling in Parliament reported using clickbait titles with communal overtones - Alt News

 On June 18, AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi took oath as an MP from Hyderabad constituency in the 17th Lok Sabha. The leader was greeted with chants of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’ when his name was called upon during the ceremony. Owaisi responded t...... Read More
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No, former Australian PM Julia Gillard never asked Muslims to leave the country - Alt News

 A message viral on social media attributes a purported speech to former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard encouraging Muslims to leave the country. “Muslims, who are demanding Sharia law have been asked to leave Australia by Wednesday because Australia sees fanatic Muslims as terrorists. Each and every mo...... Read More
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Beheading From Brazil Shared With Communal Spin As Rajasthan

 The video is from a 2018 incident when a Brazilian teenager was stabbed and beheaded by members of a rival gang.Read more at BO...... Read More
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Viral Posts Claiming Kolkata NRS Medical College's Doctor Has Succumbed To Injuries Are False

 BOOM spoke to Sourav Datta, a junior doctor from NRS Medical College, who rubbished such rumours doing the rounds.Read more at ...... Read More
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Man dressed in Indian flag urinating during cricket match is Indian-origin and NOT Pakistani - Alt News

 A poster shared on social media claims that a Pakistani man masquerading as an Indian cricket fan was urinating at The Oval, London, during the India vs Australia game. A collage of photographs, where a man dressed in the Indian tricolour can be seen, was also shared along with the poster. The …Read more at...... Read More
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Video Of Punjab Congress Councillor's Brothers Beating A Woman Falsely Linked To BJP | BOOM

 While two of the main accused in the brutal attack on a woman are brothers of a Congress councillor, viral post tries linking the video with Modi governmentRead more at ...... Read More
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MP Congress posts old, erroneous report about arrest of Bajrang Dal members, links it to WB violence - Alt News

 The political situation in West Bengal has become volatile after the result of the 2019 general election. According to some media reports, a BJP worker was killed in post-poll violence in the state. In the midst of all this, Madhya Pradesh Congress tweeted via its official Twitter handle, “BJP had got its …...... Read More
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India Is Teeming With 'Cheapfakes', Deepfakes Could Make It Worse | BOOM

 Disinformation using videos in India so far have been clips of real incidents shared with a false narratives to drive home polarisation. Hyper-real deepfake videos could make it worse.Read more at ...... Read More
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Has CM of Andhra Pradesh appointed an evangelist to head the Tirupati Temple Trust? - Alt News

 How can this be allowed @HMOIndia Sudha Murthy resigns from Thirupathi board. Jagan appoints his uncle YEHOVA VINCENT Subbareddy( YV SUBBARADDY) -a staunch Evangelist as chairman of TIRUPATI TUMALA BALAJI TEMPLE, richest Hindu shrine He works to spread more CHURCHES in Andhra. The above message was tweeted by Madh...... Read More
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Grisly Brazil Prison Riot Video Shared To Stoke Child-Kidnapping Rumours In India | BOOM

 The horrific video showing chopped up body parts is from a prison riot that took place in Brazil in 2017Read more at ...... Read More
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Old Footage Of Assault On MP Doctor Shared Amidst Doctors' Strike In West Bengal

 BOOM reached out to the Chief Medical Health Officer of Madhya Pradesh's Bhind District Hospital who corroborated the eventsRead more at ...... Read More
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False rumours of people being killed for illegal organ trade revived on social media - Alt News

 A rumour viral on social media claims that organ smugglers are killing innocents to sell their body parts. The message circulating in Kannada claims that 500 people travelling from Bihar to Jharkhand, disguised as beggars, are killing people to sell their bodies and kidneys to medical colleges and illegal organ tra...... Read More
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False claim: 58% employees at NASA are Indian - Alt News

 A message going viral on messaging platforms claims that 58% of the employees at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are Indian. This claim is part of a longer message in which it is mentioned that the CEOs of several top companies are Indian. Google’s CEO is Indian Nokia’s CEO is Indian …...... Read More
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No, Kiran Bedi has not been appointed the new governor of J&K - Alt News

 A claim viral since early June suggests that former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has been appointed as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir. BJP MLA from Gujarat Bhanuben Babariya asserted the same on June 4 and congratulated Bedi. She wrote, “ …...... Read More
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No Pakistani Doctors Did Not March In Solidarity With The Doctors' Strike In West Bengal

 Lucknow's King George's Medical College students organised the protest march on Thursday as a mark of support to WB medical studentsRead more at ...... Read More
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Man Urinating During Cricket Match Is Not Pakistani, But Indian

 The graphic video shows a man urinating in the stands during a cricket match. BOOM was able to identify that man wearing Indian tricolour is Narendra Bhojani, from Gujarat living in the United Kingdom.Read more at ...... Read More
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Old Images Falsely Shared Claiming Jagan Mohan Reddy Has Converted To Hinduism

 Jagan Mohan Reddy, a practicing Protestant Christian, has become a regular target of disinformation particularly around his religionRead more at ...... Read More
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Did PM Narendra Modi Give An Ultimatum To Those Who Want To Harm Muslims?

 BOOM found that the comment has been superimposed on an ABP Majha news bulletin's templateRead more at ...... Read More
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