Asad Kharal, an award-winning investigation journalist from Pakistan shared a video of angry mob killing Muslim amid ongoing communal violence in relation to Nupur Sharma derogatory remarks about the Holy Prophet.


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Fact Check

In order to investigate the claim, we extracted key frames of the shared video and performed a reverse image search. Search revealed that the shared video dates back to 6th February 2020 amid vicious mob lynching incident in India over false rumors of child abductors.

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Misleading/False Context



Our fact-check confirmed that a two years old video was being shared with a false context amid protests of Muslims in India against Nupur Sharma.

ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis

ActorVerified twitter account of a Pakistani journalist is involved in disseminating the misleading content on social media. 
BehaviorOld videos with misleading statements are posted on Twitter. 
ContentSocial media posts.
DegreeThe target audience of this post was Muslims residing around the globe, to highlight the injustice happening to Muslims in India. No synthetic means were used to make content viral, it was shared by an official verified account of Asad Kharal, a well-known journalist, which amplified its reach. 
EffectSuch news leads to increased criticism about the government of India for not providing religious freedom to Muslims residing in India. It also gathers praises for Muslims of India for their bold actions and standing firm against the injustice in the country.