Weekly Wrap: Misinformation On Imran Khan, Elon Musk Twitter Takeover, & More – Newschecker

From old images of Imran Khan to a spoof video of Elon Musk purportedly firing Twitter policy chief Vijaya Gadde on air, here are the 5 fact checks that Newschecker debunked this past week:

Viral Image Claiming To Show Imran Khan At Hospital Is 8 Years Old

After an alleged assassination attempt on former Pakistan PM Imran Khan, in which he was severely injured, an image of him in the hospital is going viral on social media claiming to show ‘Latest update on Imran Khan from hospital’. Newschecker found this image to be 8 years old. Read more here

Gujarat Minister Raghavji Patel’s Picture Shared As Owner Of Oreva Group Which Got Contract To Repair Morbi Bridge

Amid the collapse of a cable bridge in Gujarat’s Morbi recently, where 135 have died, an image of a man sharing the frame with PM Modi is going viral on social media. Users sharing the photograph identified him as Odhavji Patel, the ‘owner’ of  Oreva group which was awarded the contract to repair and maintain the bridge. Newschecker found the claims to be untrue. Read more here.

Did Elon Musk Fire Twitter’s Policy Chief Vijaya Gadde On Air? Viral Video Is A Spoof

With Elon Musk taking over Twitter, many employees from the company have been fired, including CEO Parag Aggarwal and lead of Trust and Safety Legal Policy Vijaya Gadde who was responsible for Donald Trump’s ban from the platform. In light of these events a video claiming to show Elon Musk firing Vijaya Gadde from Twitter live on the Joe Rogan podcast is going viral on social media. Newschecker found these claims to be untrue. Read more here.

Cristiano Ronaldo Quits Football In Protest Of ‘Elon Musk’s Takeover Of Manchester United’? Here’s What We Found

Elon Musk who is currently making the headlines for his Twitter takeover, jolted social media platforms after a video purportedly showing the billionaire announcing his plans to buy football club Manchester United went viral. The video further features a tweet by Musk saying “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome,” and an alleged reaction to the same by ‘Red Devils’ famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. Newschecker found the video to be digitally manipulated. Read more here.

No, This Photo Does Not Feature Russian Actors Who Performed Ramlila In Ayodhya

Days after the magnificent celebration of Diwali across the country, a photograph featuring two men and a woman dressed up as Hindu deities Ram, Sita and Lakshman, is going viral on social media platforms. Those who shared the image claim that it shows “Russian actors who performed in Ramlila in Ayodhya.” Several social media users also took this opportunity to lambast at “self-proclaimed Bollywood stars,” who they alleged “don’t even know a thing about our culture & end up insulting Hindu Gods & Goddesses in their 2 rupees movie. (sic).”

Newschecker found the claim to be untrue. Though Russian artists did perform Ramlila in Ayodhya, the viral photograph does not feature them. Read more here

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