A video recently started circulating on Twitter after a Pakistani Twitter user shared a video on April 4, 2022, with caption “Reham Khan kissing in live TV show” using hashtag #FawadChaudhry and #GeoNews. This video was originally shared few years ago, June 2018, by a Twitter user, claiming it to be Reham Khan, the ex-wife of Imran Khan, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, kissing her co-star in a live show.
In the run-up to the Pakistan elections, a seven-year-old video that claims to show the ex-wife of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan kissing an American man while hosting a TV show has resurfaced.
The article, titled ‘Reham Khan Kissing Scandal Video’, states that Reham Khan, who has hosted several shows across the globe, kissed a man while on an American TV show. It further claims that Khan was severely criticized for her act. The video has been in circulation since 2015.
However, a fact-check by AFP Fact Check shows that the video is, in fact, that of a Fox News TV show from 31stDecember , 2014, where the host Kimberly Guilfoyle was challenged to kiss her co-host Bob Beckel at midnight.
The video of Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle and her co-host Bob Beckel kissing was wrongly associated with ex-wife of Chairman, Tehreek-i-Insaaf, Imran Khan, Reham Khan. This video was associated with Reham Khan back in 2018 as well, at the time Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, was highly criticized on social media. However, a fact checks from AFP fact check proved that the video was of Fox News hosts and not of Imran Khan’s ex-wife, Reham Khan. The same old video has again been circulating on social media by independent accounts in 2022 amid the political chaos in country to defame Reham Khan and mislead the users.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis and Assessment
|Actor||Social media users on Facebook and Twitter are involved in disseminating fake and misleading content about different political parties.|
|Behavior||Misleading statements, doctored and edited videos with fake voiceover are posted, old pictures with misleading captions or false claims are posted and circulated widely on Facebook and Twitter.|
|Content||Social Media posts, doctored videos with misleading captions.|
|Degree||Disinformation is spreading hoax and misleading general social media users in Pakistan. Doctored videos are causing heated debates among rival political party supporters.|
|Effect||Disinformation is causing distrust in the media. Doctored videos that go viral on social media cause heated arguments among party supporters.|
|Analysis||Social media users possessing different political views are spreading fake news to mislead the general public which leads to blame game, hate speech against party supporters and chaos.|