Message Claiming Children Kidnapped In Ghaziabad And Other News You Almost Believed

In this week’s News You Almost Believed, we bring you the truth behind viral photos and videos.

A viral message on social media claims that three children in Ghaziabad were kidnapped while on their way to school. The message claims that the incident happened in Gaur Green city, a residential colony in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area. BOOM reached out to Ghaziabad police who dismissed the messages, calling it fake. Read more about the message here.

A video of an alleged molester being beaten in Meerut is doing the rounds on social media with false claims that it shows footage of Mohammed Qari Owais being thrashed in Old Delhi Railway Station. The same video is viral with another narrative which states that a young Muslim Hafiz Quran was beaten by RSS goons for not saying Jai Shri Ram. Read our Fast Check here and the detailed story about the same here.

A video of a distraught Kashmiri woman narrating her ordeal to former Congress party president Rahul Gandhi on board a Srinagar-Delhi flight is being shared with a caption, ‘Kashmir people in flight to Rahul: Modi is doing good for us. Why do you want to visit Kashmir and trouble us. Please go back.!' But the claim is false. If one hears the video, it becomes clear that the woman is recounting the incidents related to the clampdown in effect in Kashmir post abrogation of Article 370. Click here to know the details and watch the video.

The latest addition to the rapid spread of misinformation on the Kashmir valley, since the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and the imposition of Section 144 in the region is a still which has gone viral on social media. The still claims to show the Indian Army torturing a Kashmiri journalist, but the truth behind it is completely different. The still is from a Hindi TV series. Read more about it here.

An article on satirical website ThinAirToday stating that a Saudi Arabian man accidentally bought two Airbus A350 aircraft for his son’s birthday is viral on WhatsApp and social media. The story was picked up by many media houses, including Times Now. When BOOM spoke to the ThinAirToday, he told us, 'The problem is, I think, media sharing this outside of the context … They even added some details, I might add them to my original article.' Read more about this story here.


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