WebQoof Recap: Of COVID-19 Vaccine and Celebrations at Ambanis

Here’s a quick recap of all that misled the public this week.

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Here’s a quick recap of all that misled the public this week.
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From misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine to Ambanis, here’s a round-up of all the fake news you fell for this week.

1. False Claims About Nurse’s Death After COVID Vaccine Goes Viral

Social media posts saying that a nurse died in the United States of America after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have gone viral.

An archive of the post can be found <a href="https://perma.cc/7MZ9-WEDK">here</a>.
An archive of the post can be found here.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)

But we found that the nurse felt dizzy after getting the vaccine but she later clarified that she has a history of having an over-reactive vagal response and passes out when she experiences any kind of pain.

We also reached out to CHI Memorial hospital who told us that Dover was doing fine. They shared with us a photo of her with nursing leaders of the hospital taken on 21 December 2020.

You can read our fact-check here.

2. Ambanis Celebrating Grandson’s Birth Amid COVID? No, Video Is Old

A video which shows Bollywood celebrities being welcomed by Reliance Chairperson Mukesh Ambani and his family is being shared on social media with a claim that the Ambanis violated the COVID-19 guidelines and gathered a huge crowd to celebrate the birth of their grandson.

However, we found out that the video in circulation is from September 2019 and shows Ambanis celebrating the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

You can read our fact-check here.

3. BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri’s Speech on Farmers Viral With False Claim

A 44-second clip of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Member of Parliament from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri has gone viral with a false claim that he used unparliamentary language while referring to the protesting farmers.

You can view an archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/HVY5-YT7E">here</a>.&nbsp;
You can view an archived version here
(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

However, on hearing his speech carefully, it is clear that he used the word ‘thaluwe’ which means ‘unemployed’ in Hindi, and not a cuss word.

You can read our fact-check here.

4. Parking Fight in Delhi’s Rohini Shared With False Communal Angle

A video showing a woman getting injured during an altercation with a policeman has gone viral with a claim stating that a Delhi Police personnel shot at the mother of a Muslim youth because the youth’s bike hit the cop’s car.

An archive of the post can be found <a href="https://archive.is/MhtVH">here</a>.
An archive of the post can be found here.
(Photo: Screenshot/Facebook)

However, we found there was no communal angle in the incident. According to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Rohini, Pramod Kumar Mishra, the policeman was there to resolve a fight that took place between two families over parking.

You can read our story here.

5. Message Saying PM Modi’s Family Went from Rags to Riches is False

A viral video about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s family is doing the rounds on social media.

The video message lists the previous and current occupations of PM Modi’s family members to insinuate that they have financially benefitted from his position as the prime minister of India.

An archived version of this tweet can be accessed <a href="https://archive.is/bRBcT">here</a>.
An archived version of this tweet can be accessed here.
(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

However, we found that the message is a work of fiction and uses unverified information to conclude that Modi’s family members have amassed huge wealth during his tenure as the PM.

You can read our fact-check here.

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