Dr WebQoof Rounds Up Fake News That Did the Rounds in November

Dr WebQoof brings you a round-up of all the fake news from the month of November that you might have fallen for.

Updated30 Nov 2019, 04:14 PM IST
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That’s nothing that makes you feel as silly as falling for AND forwarding fake news.

Like ‘cops were tracking texts and calls before the Ayodhya verdict’. Fake!

Or the tweet with PM Modi's letter to the CJI, congratulating him for his 'stupendous contribution to Hindu Rashtra'! The letter was as fake as the signature, which was as fake as the signature you might have forged on your report card as a child.

Here's more fake news from the month of November that you might have fallen for.

Ayodhya? Oh, Yeah!

Ishwar Allah tero naam sabko sanmathi de bhagwan (Ishwar, Allah are your names. Lord, give everyone good sense.)

Especially to those who peddle fake news in the name of Ram or Rahim! Like a fake image that went viral on social media with the caption:

“The last prayer was offered at the babri mosque. After this prayer, the place of the mosque will be handed over to the Hindu administration. #AyodhaVerdict #BabriMasjid (sic).”

The image was actually from Jami Masjid in Delhi, and was shared first by India Today in 20

JNU Fake News

Where there is a genuine protest, therein breeds fake news! That's an old jungle saying... which I just made up.

Fake news, like a picture of a woman that is being widely circulated on Facebook with the claim that she is 43 years old and a student at JNU. The claim further reads that her daughter is also a student at the same college.

Team WebQoof reached out to the JNU student in the picture, who is 23 years old. Also, the premise that a 43-year-old shouldn't be a student, is in itself wrong, in addition to being fake!

JNU protests also had to contend with online smear campaigns, like 'Condoms being used to tie hair?' Which is an old meme.

We also had to call out pro-BJP propagandists, who shared JNU's Pankaj Mishra's image as 'Moinuddeen' from Kerala in an attempt to smear his reputation.

Flags Ahoy!

Moving on... Actually, the fake news factory refuses to move on, and has regressed to the age old Pakistani flag-Islamic flag confusion.

An image of a Pakistani flag atop Kartapur Sahib Gurudwara turned out to be a photo of the Immigration Office.

And Islamic flags in Jalandhar were passed off as Pakistani flags in a video!

Some of The Quint's viewers flagged this as suspicious, and Team WebQoof brought it down.

For more news on fake news, and for tips on how not to look silly, check out the WebQoof section on The Quint.

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Published: 30 Nov 2019, 02:53 PM IST

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