A video of a Hindu hoisting a saffron flag on a mosque in Karauli, Rajasthan, India, went viral on social media. The post was shared across multiple social media platforms which incited hate for religious minorities in India.
The video was captioned in Hindi, the translation is “The saffron warriors climbed the same mosque from which stones were thrown in Karauli Rajasthan and the saffron lions hoisted the saffron
Hail Hail Lord Ram”
Following the communal violence in Karauli, city of Rajasthan, on 2nd April, 2022, we did a keyword search “लहराया भगवा” “Karauli Rajasthan” on Twitter & Facebook and found a video circulating with a claim
“The saffron warriors climbed the same mosque from which stones were thrown in Karauli Rajasthan and the saffron lions hoisted the saffron
- Hail Hail Lord Ram”
Using AI Assisted tools we froze key frames from the video and did a reverse image search
Through reverse engine search it was found that an FIR was lodged on 4th April, 2022, against the Hindu extremist for attacking a Mosque in Ghazipur. The video shared on social media claimed it to be from Karauli Rajasthan but actually the incident happened in Ghazipur, Utter Pradesh.
We further found the video was also posted on Twitter by verified accounts of Ashok Swain Professor of Peace and Conflict Research.
Around 42 people were injured and several shops and houses were set on fire during the violence on 2nd April, 2022 in Rajasthan’s Karauli. After the riots few propagandists took it to social media to further incite the violence and hate speech against the Muslims on social media. Posting this video with misleading caption was a part of directing hate towards the Muslims and taking pride by hoisting Saffron flag on a mosque.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||Independent social media users on Twitter and Facebook are involved in spreading fake news across social media.|
|Behavior||Old videos with misleading statements are posted by religious extremists to incite religious bigotry and spread more hatred against Muslims in the country through fake news.|
|Content||Social Media posts.|
|Degree||Muslims who are minority in India were targeted while remedying disinformation.|
|Effect||Disinformation campaigns are created and run by religious extremists across the country targeting religious minorities.|