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WebQoof Recap: Of Misinformation Around Farmers’ Protests, West Bengal, and More

Here are some pieces of misinformation that went viral this week.

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From unrelated videos being linked to the ongoing farmers' protests to an old video shared as recent visuals from West Bengal's Sandeshkhali, here is a recap of the top five pieces of misinformation that went viral this week.

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1. Unrelated Video of People Filling Trenches Falsely Linked to Farmers’ Protest

A video was being circulated to claim that protesting farmers have started making new roads to get into Delhi as all the possible roads to enter the national capital have been blocked by the security forces.

The video showed people digging into a trench with a tractor attempting to pass through it.

However, the video showed farmers in Punjab's Bathinda filling up a trench dug to lay a pipeline, after they did not receive appropriate compensation for their land.

Read the full story here.

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2. Fact-Check: Abu Dhabi’s BAPS Mandir Is Not UAE’s First Hindu Temple

Several media organisations, such as Mirror NowIndiatimesWIONThe Times of IndiaMintThe Indian ExpressFirstpost, and Hindustan Times shared reports claiming that the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Mandir was the first Hindu temple in the UAE.

Other notable users, who shared the claim included — The Ministry of Ministry of Culture's official X (formerly Twitter) account, X handle of '@MyGovIndia', Rajasthan's Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

(Swipe right to view all claims.)

  • The Ministry of Culture shared the claim.

    (Source: X/Screenshot)

However, we found that the BAPS temple is the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, it is not the first in the country. Dubai has had multiple Hindu temples since 1958.

Read our fact-check here.

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3. Old Video Passed off as Woman Attacked During Live Interview in Sandeshkhali

(Trigger Warning: Disturbing visuals)

A video was being shared on the internet with a claim that it showed a woman recently getting attacked by a man while she was talking about the situation in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali.

Here are some pieces of misinformation that went viral this week.

An archive of the post can be found here

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

But, we found that the incident was from 2018 and showed a leader from Trinamool Congress (TMC) allegedly beating a supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) named Nilima Dey Sarkar.

Read the full story here.

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4. Fact-Check: This Clip of PM Modi’s Effigy on a Tractor Is Edited, Not From India

Social media users shared a video which showed an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi tied to a tractor linking it to the ongoing farmers' protests around Delhi.

In the background, a man could be heard asking, "Why are you going in this cold weather." Another individual then replies in Punjabi saying, "What happened? He has taken away our bread, he will take our land, we will go and punch Modi."

Here are some pieces of misinformation that went viral this week.

You can view an archive of the post here.

(Source: X/Screenshot)

However, the video was recorded in the United States and not from India. The audio was added to the viral video and was traced back to an interview conducted by NDTV in November 2020.

Read our fact-check here.

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5. Fact-Check: 2019 Lok Sabha Elections Dates Falsely Shared as 2024 Election Dates

An image went viral on the internet claiming that it showed the newly released schedule for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Here are some pieces of misinformation that went viral this week.

An archive can be seen here.

(Source: X/Screenshot)

However, the schedule used in the viral claim actually shows the dates of 2019 Lok Sabha election and is unrelated to the elections that will be held in 2024.

Read the full story here.

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