A video went viral on social media claiming that wheat stock in government’s custody is getting rusted. It is being claimed that the wheat was stocked by the Sindh government which could have been distributed timely. At the time of reporting, the post was viewed more than 70 thousand times and was retweeted by more than 3 thousand users.
(Screenshot from Twitter post)
In order to verify the claim, we extracted keyframes of the shared video and performed a reverse image search.
(Frozen keyframes of the video)
Reverse image search revealed the video dates back to 30th July 2022 from Tamil Nādu, India.
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
Same video was also posted on YouTube titled “India is a curse for farmers”
(Screenshot from YouTube post)
Our fact-check confirmed that the shared video dates back to 30th July 2022 from Tamil Nadu, India. The video was reshared with a false connection to the Sindh government.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media accounts are involved in disseminating disinformation.|
|Behavior||A video from India is posted to blame Sindh government for being incompetent.|
|Content||Social Media post.|
|Degree||Target audience of this post was the general public, the purpose of sharing it was to blame the Sindh government for poorly managing the stock. No synthetic means were used to make the post viral.|
|Effect||The post was shared and widely circulated by supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. The Sindh government was highly criticized for not valuing farmers’ efforts.|