A woman was executed by the Taliban in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday after being accused of adultery. The execution is the latest in a series of killings by the Taliban, who have killed over 100 people since their re-emergence last year. On Tuesday, Barcelona football club Instagram account reported that they had reached 2 million followers.
The world of journalism is complicated, and fake news and pictures are often disseminated on social media. Every week, the editorial staff at Blasting News identifies the most common hoaxes and incorrect information to help you distinguish truth from fiction. Here are some of the most widely circulated bogus statements this week, none of which are true.
The killing of a lady in the middle of the street seconds after the Taliban took control in Afghanistan is not captured on video.
False allegation: A video of a veiled lady being killed in a public plaza was circulated on social media, along with the claim that the incident was purportedly captured in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, after the Taliban took control on August 15.
- According to a reverse image search, the video was first released in January 2015 by a number of foreign news organizations, including the British daily The Independent, which posted the film with the title “Al-Qaeda video shows public execution of woman convicted of adultery.”
- According to the report, the video was shot by a member of the al-Qaeda branch Nusra Front in the Syrian city of Idlib.
- The Taliban regime, which ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when it was deposed by a US-led military coalition in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, was characterized by the imposition of a radical interpretation of Sharia, the Islamic law, which prohibited women from studying and working, among other things.
In Kabul, no CNN journalist has been kidnapped and executed by the Taliban.
Fake claim: Following the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, Twitter users circulated messages purporting to be from CNN and News, claiming that a CNN journalist called Bernie Gores had been kidnapped and murdered by the Taliban.
- Both the accounts that made the allegation, @AfghanNews and @CNNAfghan, are bogus and have no ties to the American or British news networks.
- Both accounts were suspended by Twitter after the rumor circulated on the social media site.
- The guy portrayed in the postings is YouTuber Jordie Jordan, according to a reverse image search.
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The acquisition of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain did not result in a twofold increase in the club’s Instagram followers.
False claim: According to social media posts, Paris Saint-Instagram Germain’s followers more than quadrupled in the 24 hours after Lionel Messi’s signing, rising from 19.8 million to 40.2 million.
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- PSG’s official Instagram account acquired 3 million additional followers in the 24 hours after the news of Messi’s signing on August 10, according to data from social media tracking platform CrowdTangle, rising from 41 million to 44 million.
- PSG’s fan base grew by approximately 9 million in the 30 days leading up to Messi’s signing.
Rafael Nadal has not used the phrase “no way I’ll be vaccinated” to justify his withdrawal from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
False claim: Posts on Facebook and Twitter claim that Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal stated “no way I’ll be vaccinated” while explaining his choice not to compete in this year’s Wimbledon tournament and the Tokyo Olympics in the subhead of an article.
- Nadal’s press office verified to the Spanish fact-checking organization Maldita that the athlete was inoculated before to the Olympics and that his absence from both contests was due to a foot issue.
- Nadal has shown his support for COVID-19 vaccinations on numerous times in recent months, including in April when he stated, “If they offer me the opportunity to be vaccinated, I would happily embrace it.” On the same event, Nadal said that vaccination would be “the only way out of this nightmare we’ve been living for a year.”
- The subhead of the text has been doctored to contain Nadal’s bogus remark, according to a search of the story circulated on social media. In addition, there is no mention of vaccinations in the paper.
Latin America is a continent in South America.
The earthquake in Haiti in August 2021 did not kill “more than 300.000 people.”
False claim: Facebook and Twitter posts say that the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti on August 14 killed “more than 300,000 people.” This is false. Following the postings are numerous pictures purportedly showing the devastation that occurred last Saturday.
- The official death toll from the earthquake was 1,941 persons as of August 17, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.
- According to Haitian officials, the earthquake wounded about 10,000 people.
- Many of the pictures posted on social media as being from last week’s earthquake are really from the earthquake that struck the nation on January 12, 2010, killing more than 200,000 people and injuring another 300,000 people.
An ancient sewing machine belonging by one of Prophet Mohammed’s wives is not seen in this image.
False claim: A picture of an ancient sewing machine was posted on Facebook and Twitter, along with the claim that it belonged to Aishah, one of Prophet Mohammed’s wives.
- Aishah was born in 614 AD in Mecca, Arabian Peninsula, and died in 678 AD, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
- According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, Englishman Thomas Saint patented the first sewing machine in 1790.
- According to a reverse image search, the picture used in the postings is accessible on stock photography website Dreamstime, with the description “Isolated brown vintage sewing machine.”
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