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Fact Check: It was the Chinese govt. who directed Apple to remove 4,500 apps from China App store



India:  Following the ban of 59 Chinese mobile apps by Indian government from app store, several netizens have applauded the government’s decision. In the recent times, a message that claims,“Apple removes over 4,500 games from its China App store. Reportedly, this is one of the biggest cases of mass game removals on Apple’s App store ever.”  is going viral across social media. An Instagram page RVCJ Media(@rvcjinsta) has shared this in a post with the same claim adding, “China is now suffering the fruits of their misdeeds”. The post garnered over 2,36,659 likes so far. Archived here

Postcard English”  has also shared the same message in its Facebook page. The post also claimed that the every major country is against China and it deserves this  for trying to destroy the world. Archived here

Posted by Postcard English on Monday, July 6, 2020

Many users across social media have started sharing this misleading message with the same claim. The message is also viral in WhatsApp.

FactO Check:

While it is true that Apple had removed 4500 games from its China App Store in 2 days, but it is not due to any of those reasons claimed by the above social media posts. According to “Business Insider“, the decision was taken by Apple due to pressure from the Chinese government. The Chinese government has introduced new regulations which require game developers to gain approval from the government before launching their applications in the App store. Following the decision, Apple has removed 1571 apps on July 1, 1805, on July 2, and 1276 apps on July 2.

Todd Kuhns, a marketing manager at AppInChina responding to the latest actions has said that, “Sadly, because China only approves about 1,500 game license and the process itself takes six to 12 months, most of these apps will be waiting a long time before they are allowed back on the store”.

Conclusion: The claim is misleading and false. It is evident that the apps were removed upon the Chinese government’s decision. Apple was only following the Chinese government’s directions. The decision has nothing to do with any recent incidents between China and other countries.

ClaimReview: Apple removes over 4500 games in 2 day from China’s app store

Claim By : RVCJ, Post Card English

Fact Check By Facto News: FALSE

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Old and unrelated images of a girl goes viral as Hathras rape victim



Uttar Pradesh: A 19-year old Dalit girl was allegedly gang raped by four men belonging to an upper caste in Hathras district, Uttar Pradesh. She succumbed to injuries on Tuesday after fighting for her life for two weeks. The accused were arrested by the police and a fast track court has been set up to take up the case. Several celebrities and social media users have condemned the incident and demanded justice.

Many social media users have been posting an image of a young girl wearing pink clothes in the middle of the fields claiming it to be of the victim.

Madhu Purnima Kishwar, the founder of MANUSHI, tweeted this image. Archived here

Another Facebook user Shubhi Sharma posted the same image which garnered over 1k shares.

A Facebook page Humour Central has also shared the same image which garnered over 16k shares. Archived here

FactO Check:

A reverse image search of the viral image directed us to a Facebook post from July 24, 2018. A Facebook user “Ajay” had uploaded this image on his account demanding justice for her sister Manisha Yadav’s death due to medical negligence.


He also shared a video of a news clip from ANV News in the post’s comment section. According to the news report, Manisha Yadav, originally from Ayodhya was undergoing treatment in a hospital in Chandigarh died on July 22, 2018 due to negligence of medical staff.

#नोट:- #बिना_पढ़े_लाइक_न_करेंडॉक्टरी पेशे में एक शपथ होती है जिसे हिप्पोक्रेटिक कहते हैं ईश्वर जाने क्या होती है लेकिन…

Posted by Vipin Tiwari on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ajay also posted recently on Facebook clarifying that the viral image is not of the alleged rape victim. He said, (Translated to – “Share as much as possible. Note- This photo which you people are sharing with Hathras case, this photo is of my sister who died in hospital in Chandigarh in 2018. Due to the negligence of the doctor, the police there were not writing FIR at that time. Posted the photo and ran the campaign. Case is going on in Chandigarh. Please, you are requested not to share this photo with Hathras case and  stop it from being shared. Thank you.

After the image went viral, Manisha Yadav’s brother Ajay Yadav has reached out to AajTak and told the whole story. And according to AajTak, the Hathras alleged rape victim’s brother acknowledged that the image circulating on social media is not of his sister.

Conclusion: It is evident that the picture is not of the Hathras alleged Rape victim. An old and unrelated picture is being used to falsely identity her as the victim. The above images are misleading.




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I was not being sexist, says Sunil Gavaskar after clip of his IPL commentary went viral




New Delhi: On 24th SEP, during the Royal challengers Bangalore(RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab IPL match, Sunil Gavaskar by looking at RCB captain Virat Kohli’s performance, said “Lockdown mein Ye bas Anushka ke bowling ka practice kiye hai, jo dikhai de rahi hai ” (During Lockdown he has  practiced only Anushka’s Bowling, we can see that from his performance).

Here is the viral video:

After the clip of Gavaskar’s comment gone viral, many of twitter users started questioning Gavaskar’s comment. Navika Kumar of Times Now wrote “For Tweeple to troll @AnushkaSharma for @imVkohli performance is disgusting. And the less said about Sunil Gavaskar the better. In fact BCCI should remove him from the commentators’ panel for the MCP attitude. #BoycottGavaskar” Archive

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who’s tweeting about everything nowadays has also supported Anushka Sharma, and wrote “#Anushka remained quiet when I was threatened and called Haramkhor but today the same misogyny coming to bite her, I condemn the fact that she was dragged into cricket by #SunilGavaskar but selective feminism is equally uncool.”

Anushka Sharma also shared her disappointment being dragged into her husband’s poor performance on the ground., She also said Mr  Gavaskar’s name stands tall in the gentleman’s game. But she got disappointed with his commentary of dragging her into the game.

Gavaskar’s Clarification:

While talking to India Today he clarified, that he wasn’t being sexist but he was talking the fact that most of the players have no practice during the lockdown. Because of the lack of practice, lots of players are suffering. He also raised the question that he was just referring to the video which went viral on the internet, where Anushka was seen bowling to Virat on a terrace. He said, what is wrong in my comment, I just talked about what I have seen in the viral video. If someone  misinterpreted my words, that’s not my problem.

Here is the video, which went viral where Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were seen playing cricket within their apartment compound. According to few sources, a twitter user has recorded the video and posted it. The video was allegedly shot on 16th May 2020. So, it is evident that Sunil Gavaskar was referring to this practice session.

We also found the Times of India Video,

Conclusion: According to our findings, Sunil Gavaskar was just referring to the viral video, and wasn’t being sexist. His comment has been taken in the wrong sense. But he could have avoided bringing Anushka into his commentary.



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Times Now and Zee News have falsely claimed that Rhea named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet in her statement to NCB



Mumbai: The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has arrested late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother Showik Chakraborty for their alleged role in procuring drugs for him. During the on-going investigation, Navika Kumar of  Times Now, on her “The Newshour” show mentioned that the NCB has a list of 25 A-Listers who are allegedly involved in drug consumption. Further, she claimed that top NCB sources have shared details of Rhea’s confession and she has named Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Designer Simone Khambatta in her statement.

Times Now has reported that Rhea Chakraborty confessed that Rakul Preet and Sara Ali Khan have consumed drugs with her and Sushant Singh Rajput in his Lonavala farmhouse. Ever since the show aired, fake news has taken social media by storm. There are various posts that Sara Ali Khan and Rakul Preet are summoned by the NCB. On September 12, a tweet from a parody account of  Satish Maneshinde, Rhea’s lawyer went viral. The tweet (now deleted) claimed that Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta are summoned soon by the NCB.

Did Rhea name Sara, Rakul Preet Singh to NCB? Drug agency denies the claim

This is not the first time Times Now caught spreading lies. Times Now has also tweeted a screenshot of the tweet made by a fake account pretending to be Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Meetu Singh.

Zee News, Siasat Daily, Odisa TV, and Hindustan Times has covered this fake claim. Zee News heading goes by “Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh memes go viral on internet after Rhea Chakraborty reveals names to NCB”

FactO Check: 

According to Free Press Journal, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has denied preparing any such list of Bollywood celebrities for their alleged drug consumption. NCB deputy director KPS Malhotra has told Free Press Journal that, “We have not prepared any Bollywood list. The list earlier prepared was of peddlers and traffickers. It’s getting confused with Bollywood.” When asked about Rhea’s confessing names f Sara Ali Khan, Rakul Preet Singh and Simone Khambatta in her statement, the officer said, “The names have not been zeroed upon”.

News 18 reports, ‘NCB has denied that Rhea Chakraborty during interrogation, gave names of 25 A-listers in the film industry who consumed drugs with her and the late actor’.

Conclusion: The NCB has denied making preparing the list of so called 25 A-Listers based on Rhea’s statement. Times Now and Navika Kumar’s report on this issue is found to be false and misleading.

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