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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 

FactO Check:

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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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)

FactO check:

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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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).

FactO Check

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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Karnataka: A heroic rescue attempt by Muslim youth was communalized

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Karnataka: In a heroic attempt, three Muslim youth rescued a man, who jumped in to the Netravati River, attempting suicide. According to the The News Minute (TNM) report , the incident happened near Panemangaluru bridge, Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka.  When Nishant (28), a resident of Kalladka jumped in to the river,  Mohammad, Arif, Shameer, Thouseef, Zaheed and Mukhtar from Bantwal  jumped in and brought Nishant out of the river alive. Unfortunately, Nishant succumbed in the government hospital in Bantwal.

“I just wanted to save his life. I got a call saying that someone has jumped into the river and I immediately came to the bridge and jumped into the river to try and rescue him” .  (-Mohammed, one of the rescuer and a local fisherman told TNM )

The  video of the men rescuing Nishant went viral on social media.

Hours after the video went viral, a screenshot of an alleged tweet by BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje claiming that, (translated from Kannada-)”Received an information that jihadis had allegedly murdered Hindu organisation’s Nishanth from Kalladka”. I have already asked Amit Shah to initiate action against the jihadis” was doing rounds in social media giving the incident a communal spin and accusing the men of murdering Nishant.

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Responding to the alleged screenshot, MP Shobha has tweeted that,” I have not made any statement or tweet of this nature trying to portray the edited tweet as mine”.

The screenshot was shared by several Twitter users.

SP BM Laxmi Prasad from Dakshina Kannada said that they have started investigating the matter. The police are investigating if the tweet was posted by Shobha Karandlaje or some miscreants have edited the tweet to spread communal hatred.

Conclusion: While many were appreciating the courage of the Muslim youth, who risked their lives to rescue Nishant, it is very sad to see that some are trying to give the incident a communal spin and mislead people.  The police are investigating the tweet. The post will be updated in the future with the details of the police investigation.

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