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Clipped video of Rahul Gandhi on ‘Red Green Zone’ shared by Sambit Patra

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On 9 May 2020, BJP’s official spokesperson Sambit Patra posted a tweet trolling Rahul Gandhi. He added a 7-second video clip with the tweet in which Mr. Gandhi can be heard saying, “Jo Red hai wi Green hai, jo green hai wo red (The red zone is actually the green zone and the green zone is actually the red zone)”. Mr. Patra’s reference to Rahul Gandhi’s old misleading and false viral clip, “Piche se Aloo Agey se Sona”. We have received requests from many  Facto News readers for checking the authenticity of the video shared. 

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Claim 1: “Jo Red hai wi Green hai, jo green hai wo red”

Rahul Gandhi held an hour-long press briefing on Zoom on May 7 with journalists,  to talk about suggestions on Covid-19. In reply to a question about decentralization by the journalist from PTI, Mr. Gandhi went on talking about the different types of zones set up by the central government. He suggested that the zones should be classified on the intensity of the outbreak and on the information provided by the state authorities. He also said that the Red, Orange, Green zones were made based on national-level information, but should be based on the information from Chief Ministers and DMs of respective states. At 20:04, Mr. Gandhi was referencing to the information that the state Chief Ministers had on zones and said, “Jo Red hai wo Green hai, jo green hai wo red”. 

Claim 2: “पीछे से आलू आगे से सोना” (Insert potato from one side and get Gold from another side)

Amit Malviya, BJP IT cell head(at that time) shared a clipped video of the speech in his Twitter account trying to mislead people. Sambit Patra retweeted Mr. Malviya’s tweet mocking Rahul Gandhi’s statement. Many prominent news channels and fact check websites have already debunked this fake claim on multiple occasions. 

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In 2017,  Rahul Gandhi was addressing a rally in Patan, Gujarat. At one part in his speech, Rahul Gandhi was referencing to PM Narendra Modi’s promise to the farmers and said (17:44),”कुछ महीने पहले यहाँ बाढ़ आयी ५०० करोड़ रुपये दूंगा, (पीएम मोदी ने) एक भी रूपया नहीं दिया. आलू के किसानो को कहा ऐसी मशीन लगाऊंगा इस साइड से आलू घुसेगा उस साइड से सोना निकलेगा…मेरे शब्द नहीं है नरेंद्र मोदीजी के शब्द है, (Few months back Mr. Narendra Modi has promised farmers that he will give 500 crores for flood relief and said he will install such a machine that when you put potato from behind, gold will come out)”.

 

 

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No! Video of people dancing in quarantine center is not from Mumbai

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Mumbai: Nitin Rane, son of Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane (BJP) has been in the center of discussion on social media. Nitin Rane has shared a video on Twitter claiming to be from Mumbai NSCI(National Sports Club of India). In this 29-second video clip, some people can be seen dancing and enjoying in quarantine center.

Nitin Rane’s Tweet reads as, NSCI badminton court!!! Who is keeping an eye on all this or Night life is still on ??”. The tweet has almost 59k views on twitter. (Archive)

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Upon several requests we did a fact check of this claim and the video. We made a  keyword search with “people dancing in quarantine center” and found an article from India.com.

The article in India.com reads as, “Being cooped up indoors, away from family and friends, while staying at a quarantine center can be quite stressful and monotonous for most people. In such testing times, it is music and dance which bring a little cheer and happiness and that’s what residents of a government quarantine center in Tripura’s Agartala did”.

A patient performing lungi dance told Zee News that people from different provinces of Tripura are undergoing treatment at the quarantine center. He said that even though conditions are not favorable outside, he did a little dance to pass his time and also added that he is happy at the quarantine centre.

We also found that official handle of Mumbai Municipality BMC has called out Nitish Rane for misguiding People.

Conclusion: So, Viral video is not from NSCI Mumbai, it is from Agartala, tripura. 

ClaimReview: People dancing and enjoying in quarantine center in NSCI  

ClaimBy: BJP leader, Nitin Rane

Fact Check by FactoNews: FALSE

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Morphed Video of Obama throwing away Trump’s gift is going viral

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United States: America has seen a huge rise in protests under #BlackLivesMatter campaign following the killing of African-American, George Floyd, by police officers in Minneapolis on 25th May 2020. Many people across the world have raised their voices against the killing of  George Floyd. Following the incident, social media was flooded with posts and messages. A lot of users have been criticizing President Donald Trump and his for his provocative statements. Recently, a video is going viral with fake claims in context to the present situation in the USA.

Viral Claim: “Mr Trump took his wife to visit Mr Obama and gave gifts in an attempt to calm the anger of the black community. Obama took the gift, turned around, and threw it out [Grin] This is todays video.

A twitter user Aabid Mir Magami (@AabidMagami) wrote , “Mr Trump took his wife to visit Mr Obama and gave gifts in an attempt to calm the anger of the black community. ” Archive

Another tweet by Ravindra Akolkar, says “One video of Barack Hussein Obama, throwing away the gift of Mr President is viral. “Archive 

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Investigating the viral video, we split the video into frames and found it to be edited. In the 10 second video, the part where the gift box was thrown away has approximately 4 frames. We broke into 3 images and found that it is just a square that matches the color of the gift box.

We knew the video was during a state visit when Barack And Michelle Obama were welcoming Donald Trump on his inauguration. We did a keyword search to find the real video and found a video posted by TIME on Jan 20, 2017. At 1:01 of the video, an awkward moment happened between Michelle and Melania Trump after the gift exchange.  Michelle Obama talks about the whole incident in The Ellen Show. She explains to Ellen that it was an awkward moment for everyone there, as they generally do not exchange gifts during state visits. Watch at 00:45.

An article published by TIME in JAN 2018 also says that it was a state visit and there are security protocols to follow and everyone was cleared out. The gift was completely unexpected and Michelle was not sure of where to keep the gift. In the below video at 7:23, we can see Obama taking the gift and going inside and returns for the photo ops.

Conclusion: The viral video is found to be edited. It is not related to ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests.

Claim Review: Mr Trump took his wife to visit Mr Obama and gave gifts in an attempt to calm the anger of the black community. Obama took the gift, turned around and threw it out [Grin] This is todays video.

Claim By: Aabid Mir Magami @AabidMagami

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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A fake TIME cover of Donald Trump as Hitler’s mustache goes viral

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United States: Ever since the death of  George Floyd, social media was flooded with messages condemning the incident.  George Floyd died after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, pinned him to the ground and pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck. Thousands have been protesting in the USA against racism and police brutality following the death of Floyd. Several cities were on curfew after reports of violence and looting in some places. Amidst this chaos, a viral image of an alleged TIME magazine cover featuring Adolf Hitler and Donald Trump with a caption “RACISM THE GREATEST VIRUS” is going viral. Many users have shared this image believing it to be true.

Twitter user Marcos Pereda (@MarcosPereda2) tweeted this edited cover which got over 10K RT and 33K likes (Archive), the tweet translated from Spanish to English says, “What a (painful) wonder”.

Tamal Bandyopadhyay, a famous business journalist and author shared this image in his Twitter account @TamalBandyo with a caption, “What a cover! @TIME”

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We also found the cartoonist Luc Descheemaeker himself sharing the edited cover (Archive).

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The image has a signature of the artist on the bottom right. The signature says “OSE KOER”, the pen name of a Belgian cartoonist, Luc Descheemaeker.  We can found the original image posted on his blog at Cartoonist movement on 7th June 2017.

Trump as Hitler

Several versions of this image have been viral ever since the first publication. Here are some versions of the same image in his Facebook account .

The viral image of TIME magazine cover featuring Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler was never published by TIME. It was a recreation made by the original artist Luc Descheeemaeker. All the covers published by the TIME can be accessed in the  TIME Vault website.  Also please refer to the article by TIME, which gives details on how to spot a fake TIME cover.

ClaimReview: TIME magazine featuring Donald Trump as Hitler mustache

Claim By: Tamal Bandyopadhyay, Marcos Pereda, Javier Salas

Fact Check by Facto News: FALSE

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