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    Did Black Lives Matter Protesters Assault A Priest In Washington DC?

    A Facebook post shared tens of thousands of times claims that a member of the Roman Catholic clergy was attacked in Washington, the US capital, for being a priest, while other social media posts accuse Black Lives Matter protesters of the crime. The claims are misleading; police confirmed that a priest was robbed but said there was no indication he was targeted by protesters or...

    • 12 hrs ago
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    Photoshopped Image of Giant Skeleton Resurfaces With Mahabharat Twist

    An old image of a giant skeleton has resurfaced with a claim that the skeleton is of Ghatotkach, Bhima's son from the Mahabharata who was a half-giant, at a recent excavation at Kurukshetra.BOOM found the image to be 9 years old and have been revived at different times with a different claim. The image of a huge skeleton with three archaeologists examining it claimed to prove...

    • 13 hrs ago
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    FactCheck: Audio Message Claims Steam Inhalation Kills COVID-19

    A viral WhatsApp audio clip presumed to be the voice of a Mumbai-based doctor, encourages the use of steam inhalation to kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. BOOM decided to fact check the claim and found out that so far, there is no scientific evidence supporting the claim that steam acts on the COVID-19 virus. A pulmonologist we reached out to explained that steam...

    • 13 hrs ago
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    Satirical Cartoon On Modi, Xi Jinping Falsely Shared As Aired In Japan

    A cartoon clip showing Chinese President Xi Jinping face-off against Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the lines of the popular kung fu film 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin' is being shared claiming that it was shown on Japanese television. The clip is actually from an Indian satirical news segment that runs on the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak. In the 48 seconds cartoon clip, Xi...

    • 14 hrs ago
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    Video Of Ajmer Police's COVID-19 Awareness March Shared With False Claim

    A video showing a flag-march by the Ajmer Police in Rajasthan to raise awareness about the coronavirus is being shared with a false claim that the police force had visited the Ajmer Sharif Dargah to pay their respects. BOOM contacted Superintendent of Police Amer, a city close to Ajmer, who told as that the Dargah has not been opened for the public yet, and what the video...

    • 14 hrs ago
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    Video Of Flood In Spain Doctored To Include A Buddha Statue

    A video of a Buddha statue being washed away during a flood has been viewed tens of thousands of times on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube alongside a claim that it shows a street in China. This claim is false; the video has been doctored to replace a green trash container with the Buddha statue, and actually shows heavy rain in Spain's Canary Islands in 2018. The video was published here...

    • 15 hrs ago
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    COVID-19 Test In Mumbai Will No Longer Require A Doctor's Prescription

    COVID-19 tests can be conducted at private labs without a doctor's prescription from July 8, 2020 Mumbai's municipal body said on Tuesday. Earlier, only high-risk contacts of COVID-19 patients could avail tests without a doctor's prescription. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also stated that as soon as a person tests positive, one of the 24 COVID- war rooms...

    • yesterday
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    Did Melania Trump's Dress Feature Drawings By Child Sex Abuse Victims?

    Social media posts shared tens of thousands of times claim that a dress worn by first lady Melania Trump featured drawings by child sex abuse victims. This is false; the images of "dancing girls" on the dress were created by fashion students, according to their college and the company that made the garment. "The press made fun of Melania's dress that she wore...

    • yesterday
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    No, Facebook Will Not Remove NRA Supporters From The Social Media Site

    Facebook posts shared more than 200,000 times claim the social network will remove users who announce support for the National Rifle Association. This is false, a Facebook spokeswoman said such a statement would not violate its community standards, and the gun rights organization has maintained a public page on the site for years. "Well Facebook said that if you support...

    • yesterday
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    Are COVID-19 Patients Given AU $1,500 By Victorian Govt? Not Quite

    Multiple Facebook and Twitter posts shared repeatedly in July 2020 claim the local government in the Australian state of Victoria has begun handing out an AUD1,500 (USD1,044) payment to "anyone who tested positive for COVID-19". The claim was shared by one Facebook page with almost 1.5 million followers. The claim, however, is misleading; as of July 7, 2020, the...

    • yesterday

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