From Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant's Dubey's unsubstantiated claim on farmer suicides in the Lok Sabha to an old video of Taiwanese army being shared as Chinese military firing missiles in the backdrop of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan, here's a round up of all the misinformation that went viral on the internet this week.
1. BJP MP Nishikant Dubey's Claim on 'No Farmer Suicides' Isn't Backed by NCRB Data
However, a look at the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) paints a different picture. As per the data, there have been 43,181 farmer suicides during the 2014-2020 period.
2. Hima Das Hasn't Won a Gold at CWG 2022 Yet, the Video is Old
Following this, former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag and BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra congratulated the sprinter for her win. These tweets were later deleted.
However, we found that the video is from 2018 when Das had scripted history by clinching the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland.
You can read our fact-check here.
3. Fake Article About Monkeypox Virus Living on Door Handles for 120 Yrs Goes Viral
The screenshot of an article purportedly by Irish news publication TheJournal.ie, with the headline, “Monkeypox can live on door handles and toilet seats for 120 years and can infect anyone from 5 miles away” is going viral on the internet.
However, we found that the claims of the post were false and the screenshot was fake. The publication clarified that it has never published such an article on monkeypox as claimed in the viral post.
Though, according to the available research, it is possible for people to catch the virus by touching surfaces or coming in contact with clothes or linens used by infected people.
However, no study has shown or proved the claim that they remain infectious for 120 year.
You can read our fact-check here.
4. Video of a Man Threatening Two Girls With Knife Viral With Communal Claim
A video showing a man threatening two girls with a knife outside a cafe was widely shared on social media with a communal angle.
Several users shared the clip referring to it as 'Love Jihad', a word popularised by the right-wing, which refers to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcefully converting Hindu girls in the guise of love.
However, we contacted the police and found that the incident happened in the MIG area of Indore, but the claim that the accused belonged to the Muslim community was false. The WebQoof team found that everyone seen in the video were Hindus.
5. Old Video of Taiwanese Army Shared as ‘Chinese Military Firing Missiles'
After US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on Tuesday, 2 August, a video, which showed missiles being fired from a coastline, was shared on social media.
Some users claimed that it showed the Chinese military test-firing missiles toward the Taiwanese region. Pelosi's visit resulted in Chinese fury and the tensions in the Taiwanese region increased.
However, we found the claim was false as the viral video was from November 2020 and showed a Taiwanese military drill. This was an old video which was not related to the speaker's visit to Taiwan.
You can read out fact-check here.
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