#Fake News

5 days ago.New Delhi, Delhi, India
A picture of Jawarharlal Nehru is doing the rounds on the Internet, with some users claiming that the nation's first Prime Minister was slapped in public during an event in 1962. (Photo Credit: Facebook/@amitabh.chaudhary)

  • Users claims that Nehru was allegedly slapped by the chief guest of the event and Vedic scholar Vidyanand Videh
  • The Vedic scholar, as per the claims, objected to a remark made by Nehru
  • Videh, according to claims,  told Nehru that Aryans are the original inhabitants of India

22 Feburary.New Delhi, Delhi, India
After the false report, actor Shekhar Suman has asked the media to be more responsible and not jeopardise people's lives. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@shekharsuman7)

  • Shekhar Suman and his family was "devastated" after the fake news
  • He said he will take legal action against the channel
  • Suman also confirmed he did not accept a "random apology" from one of the channel's "regular journalist"

18 Feburary.New York, NY, USA
Facebook will direct its users to experts to debunk misinformation about climate change.(Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Facebook's climate information hub is already live in France, Germany, Britain and the US
  • It is being expanded to countries, including Belgium, Brazil, Canada and India
  • "Along with expanding the centre, we're improving it," Facebook said

9 Feburary.Washington D.C., DC, USA
At Instagram, a Facebook-owned company, the accounts of people discouraging the COVID-19 vaccinations will be difficult to find using automated search tools. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The move involves banning organisations that repeatedly spread misinformation about the virus and vaccines.
  • With the support of the WHO, a list of debunked statements not welcomed on Facebook has been updated
  • Survey was planned to gain insights from people about the symptoms of COVID-19, wearing a mask, and access to healthcare.

8 Feburary
Debbie Almontaser recited Koranic verses at a prayer service hosted by Washington National Cathedral on January 21, 2020, a day after Biden’s swearing-in on January 20. (Photo credit: Twitter/@DebbiAlmontaser)

  • The claim was shared on both Facebook and Twitter
  • Almontaser attended a virtual inauguration prayer service on January 21
  • The claim misrepresents the events as they occurred

19 January
The Indian Administrative Exam is organised and regulated by the Union Public Service Commission. (Photo: PTI)

  • The claim first surfaced on January 7, 2021 on a Facebook post
  • Anjaly Birla's name can be seen on the list of reserve candidates
  • Her roll numbers feature on 2019 preliminary exam takers' list as well as the main exam takers' list

24 December 2020.Sydney NSW, Australia
Evans had been an influential promoter of conspiracy theories about the pandemic. (Photo credit: Instagram/chefpeteevans)

  • Facebook said Thursday it would not allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19
  • We've removed Chef Pete Evans' page for repeated violations, Facebook said
  • Australia's Sydney is currently battling to contain a cluster of more 100 cases

7 December 2020.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Farmers prepare 'langar' during their ongoing agitation against the new farm laws at Singhu border in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

  • Farmers are protesting against recently passed farm laws by the the Centre
  • However, misinformation has flooded on the internet to malign the protestors
  • Morphed images and fake news are being shared to push the envelope of personal propaganda

29 November 2020.New Delhi, Delhi, India
WHO is warning about a new deadly disease, Infordemic. (Photo Credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • An infodemic is a plethora of information and misinformation online and offline
  • Donald Trump has been the biggest spreader of COVID-19 misinformation 
  • Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter are the biggest platform for spreading of misinformation

26 November 2020.United States
The social media giant has increased efforts to stop the spread of disinformation.(Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • The US nonprofit Avaaz has identified 25 pages for spreding election related disinformation
  • Unproven allegations of fraud from these accounts have been "liked," commented on and shared more than 77 million times since November 3
  • Private Facebook groups have also contributed to the spread of misinformation