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BJP leaders retweet ‘I stand with India’ tweet from parody accounts of world leaders

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India and China have been in a face-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) from the past month. On 15th June,  20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a clash with the Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, Ladakh. Ever since the incident, several unrelated images, videos, and fake news is being spread in social media platforms. A mainstream media agency went a step further and read out a fake list of casualties of Chinese soldiers on live TV.

Amidst the rising tensions between India and China, some social media users have created parody(impersonating) accounts of world leaders like Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, and started tweeting that they support India. Some users have even created fake profiles with Chinese  names, and started tweeting against China. These impersonating accounts were trending as they tweeted pictures of world leaders with PM Narendra Modi, with a caption “I stand with India”.

Several top BJP leaders from their verified twitter handles and a prominent news agency shared/retweeted such tweets from these parody accounts. Carrie lam cheng (Chief executive of Hong kong).Here are some screenshots from two accounts impersonating US President, Donald Trump. One tweet supports India with the caption, “I stand with India”, while the other calls for boycotting Chinese products in India.

Here is screenshots from an account impersonating  Israel Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. BJP’s top leaders, Suresh Kumar Khanna (Cabinet Minister for Finance),  Prabhat Jha ( National Vice President BJP),  Subramanian Swamy (BJP MP, Rajya Sabha) were on the list who retweeted this. The tweet went viral with over 22K RT. 

DD News and DD news Hindi also Retweeted fake Benjamin Netanyahu’s congratulatory tweet for PM Narendra Modi.

Here is another account with the name Carrie Lam Cheng, claiming to be the chief executive of Hong Kong, shared a video claiming that Hong Kong is protesting in solidarity towards Indian soldiers attacked by the Chinese Army. We couldn’t independently verify whether this video is from Hong Kong, but we are sure this account is not of Chief Executive of  Hong Kong “Carrie Lam Cheng”.

The fake account has some old tweets rooting for PM Modi in 2014. Here is a glimpse of the  account impersonating  Hong Kong ‘s Chief Executive.

Here are some other screenshots of an account impersonating Angela Merkel.

You can view the archived version <a href="http://archive.is/Idt8A">here</a>.” width=”547″ height=”185″></p>
<p>We found all the accounts which are being retweeted by many prominent leaders are of parody accounts which were tweeting in support of India and many have fallen for this trap. It is easy for a user to simply identify fake accounts.</p>
<p>Here is what we suggest our readers to check before falling for a parody account on Twitter. Twitter authenticates the accounts with a blue tick right next to the user name. The world leaders will have a verified blue tick for their accounts. You can check the blue tick and the bio before RTing. Many of those impersonating accounts have already mentioned in their bios that they are tweeting from a parody account. The final step would be going through the content shared in the past. It is possible that these accounts may still have their old tweets. By analyzing these tweets, we can easily differentiate between the original and fake accounts.</p>

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Edited pic of Deepika Padukone’s top with “I STAND WITH INDIAN FARMERS” caption is viral

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Mumbai: Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was summoned by the Narcotics control bureau(NCB), Mumbai for investigation of drugs consumption/practice in Bollywood which is allegedly linked to the Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case. Deepika was in Mumbai on 26th September for NCB investigation. At the same time, farmers in India were protesting against the NDA govt.’s farm bills which were passed in the Parliament the same week.

A Photo of Deepika Padukone went viral on social media, where Deepika can be seen wearing a Black t-shirt with “I Stand with Indian Farmers” written over the tee. A Facebook page by name ‘कन्हैया कुमार फैन'(Kanhaiya Kumar Fan) posted the same photo which got over 7.5K shares and 81k likes. Archive

Caption says “ध्यान से देखिए. टी शर्ट में लिखा है I stand with Indian Farmers. मतलब दीपिका ने गोदी मीडिया को उसकी औकात दिखा दी” (Read carefully, i Stand with Indian farmers written over t-shirt, Means Deepika has shown the Godi Media its value).

The photo has been shared over twitter by many users.

Many users have shared this edited photo of Deepika Padukone on twitter, find here. Last Month, Sushant Singh Rajput’s Ex-Girlfriend Reah Chakraborty was seen wearing a t-shirt with the quote “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, me and you” when she was visiting NCB office in Mumbai for interrogation, and later she was arrested after 9 hours of interrogation.

On 9th January,  Deepika Padukone was seen standing with JNU students in solidarity after JNU student leader and other students were beaten by allegedly ABVP members. Deepika was praised by many across India for her bold move and standing against the odds.

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To find the truth about this viral photo, we did a simple reverse image search and found an Indian Express article published on 20th March 2018 with the heading “Celeb spotting: Priyanka Chopra, Chitrangda Singh, Deepika Padukone, and others”, the Deepika photo was captioned as “Deepika Padukone was seen coming out of the airport. (Source: Photo by Varinder Chawla)”.

Conclusion: Photoshopped photo of Deepika Padukone has been shared during the Farmer’s protest. The original photo is 2 years old as per the source. The claims are misleading and false.

 

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25 year old Amul’s cartoon resurfaced, after Kangana-Urmila controversy

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Mumbai: While talking to Rajdeed Sardesai of India Today, Actress Urmila Matondkar refused Kangana’s claim of Drugs exercise in Bollywood parties. On the same day Kangana Ranaut called Urmila a soft-porn-start on national TV, while talking to Navika Kumar of Times now. Kangana said, “Urmila Matondkar, she is soft porn star, she is not known for her acting for sure, what is she’s known for? for doing soft porn, right. If she can get a ticket, why can’t I get a ticket?”.

Amul Corp, which is known for its daily toon on current affairs, was accused of featuring Urmila in their latest cartoon. Many took on twitter asking Amul’s stand on the sexist cartoon on Urmila Matondkar.

A twitter user and INC member as per her Twitter bio, wrote “Amul has displayed the worst possible taste in releasing this ad. Playing up the ‘Urmilla Matondkar is a soft-porn actress’ accusation. Seriously, Amul?”,  (Archive)

Another wtitter user, Shah Alam Kham, wrote. “Dear @Amul_Coop @amulcares When you objectify female body it’s poor ethics. When you take sides and then objectify a woman from the other side, it’s vile, obnoxious mind set. In this corporatised world, this is also poor consumerism. You lost one customer for life.” (Archive)

FactO Check:

With a simple reverse image search, we found the cartoon on Amul’s official website, with the heading Amul hits 1995. The viral cartoon can be seen In the 2nd page. The viral Amul’s cartoon was made in 1995 during the Bollywood movie Rangela’s poster release, where Urmila was seen completely different from the 1992 movie Masoom. That’s the reason the tag line on Amul toon was “Not Masoom Anymore?”.

Ram Gopal Verma a well known Bollywood director posted the photo saying “Amul hoarding after RANGEELA released”.

While replying to Swati Chaturvedi, Anurag Kashyap tweeted, “If I am not mistaken, this came out when “Rangeela” released and not now. And it was based on the fact that Urmila was the child actor in “Masoom”. It was meant to be an appreciation. Now misused by trolls after the current scenario.”

Conclusion: We have found the viral Amul cartoon was made during the Bollywood movie Rangeela’s poster release, it’s not the latest cartoon as claimed by social media users

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Kangana Ranaut falls for satire, thanks Facebook for ‘mark yourself safe from Shiv Sena’ feature and later clarifies.

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Mumbai: Kangana has been in the limelight since the day she joined Twitter officially. She was initially in the news demanding justice for Sushant Singh Rajput, but then eventually tables have turned, due to Kangana Ranaut’s remarks on comparing Mumbai to PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). The focus now has shifted to Maharashtra’s Shiv Sena govt. vs Kangana Ranaut. Yesterday, she quoted “The Fauxy” in a tweet (Archive) thanking Facebook for introducing “Mark Yourself Safe From Shivsena Goons”. The Fauxy published an article satirical portal after an attack on Retd Navy officer by Shiv Sena goons for sharing a cartoon (archive here)

Kangana’s tweet went so viral and received over 8K RTs. She Wrote “Thank you Facebook free speech must be protected in a democracy, people need to be protected from Sonia Sena goons much like COVID -19 virus, thank you for being considerate, well done (Clap Emoji)”

In her previous tweets, she misled many people by sharing a 10-year-old Aamir khan’s fake quote , again falsely claiming that Aamir Khan said he was scared of India.

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When we checked their twitter handle and website, we found a disclaimer that says, “The Fauxy is a Satire Web Portal. The content of this website is a work of fiction. Readers are advised not to confuse the articles of The Fauxy as genuine and true.” We also found that many twitter users replied to the Kangana’s tweet and informed her the same. After multiple replies and clarifications by twitter users, the actress finally responded, but not to her tweet.

We found a tweet by Kangana responding to FJP India(Free Journal Press), where she has clarified that she was being sarcastic.

Conclusion: The social media users have a divided opinion on this. While many have trolled the actress, some believe that her tweet is intended for sarcasm. It would have been better, if Kangana has replied to her own tweet clarifying the issue.

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