Truth behind misinformation spreading on Social Media amid protest by students in JNU

Posted on 2019-11-22 20:42:08 by Anubha Pandey

Summary

Amid protest by JNU's students, against the university's administration after a fee hike in the hostel manual, misinformation is spreading like fire on social media. Raging JNU students are featuring on news channels almost every single day, and in an attempt to undermine the student's stand and demands, old and unrelated images are being shared with untrue and misleading claims. In our investigation, we found that the pictures are being shared on social media with false claims or, old and not related to JNU at all.

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Amid protest by JNU's students, against the university's administration after a fee hike in the hostel manual, misinformation is spreading like fire on social media. Raging JNU students are featuring on news channels almost every single day, and in an attempt to undermine the student's stand and demands, old and unrelated images are being shared with untrue and misleading claims. We have debunked some of the misinformation that are being widely shared on Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp. 

1. An image of a young woman holding liquor and cigarettes is alleged to be from JNU 

This picture has been widely shared on Twitter with a claim that 'JNU students can afford liquor and cigarettes, but they have a problem with a fee hike!'

On reverse searching, this image was found out a blog in which this picture was uploaded with several other random pictures of women, drinking alcohol.

The viral image was posted in 2016 with a description, 'Today's Girls'. There is no proof that the girl in the picture is a student from JNU, hence it is most likely lifted from the Internet and circulated with a misleading context.

2. Image of upscale PG accommodation shared as JNU hostel room

An image of a room with twin single beds in circulating on Facebook with the claim that it’s of a hostel room in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The image is being shared with a claim that JNU students get this room at fees of just Rs 10. 

On reverse searching this image, we found a website in which this image was uploaded with a description, "Students Inn Housing."

Students Inn Housing is a paying guest (PG) accommodation in Delhi/ NCR and the viral image was shared on May 16, 2018.

Therefore, it is evident that in the wake of the ongoing protest against hostel fees like in JNU, a photograph of a PG accommodation was shared on social media as a hostel room in the university.

3. A 23-year-old college student presented as 45-year-old Congress leader and JNU student

An image was circulated with the claim that the man in this image is a 45-year-old Congress leader Abdul Raza, who is still a student at the university. 

On reverse searching this image, this claim turned out to be false. The person seen in the image is Shubham Bokade. Altnews reached out to Shubham where he confirmed that he is a 23-year-old student is pursuing an MA in Linguistic in JNU. 

This is one of the widespread misinformation, wherein JNU students are being targeted with false narratives altogether.

4. Image of a CPI leader presented as an arrested student of JNU

In another viral picture, an elderly woman can be seen who is surrounded by police. This picture has been widely shared with a claim that she is a student of JNU.

It turns out that the woman seen in the image is a CPI leader named Annie Raja. This image was used in an article published by The Telegraph

The photograph is from May 2019 and relates to a protest held in Delhi over the clean chit given to former CJI Ranjan Gogoi over allegations of sexual harassment.

5. Old picture from Hyderabad shared as the recent one from JNU

In another widely shared picture, a woman can be seen held by the police. This picture is being shared with a caption that can be roughly translated to, "In the age when people take an old-age pension, what knowledge is the aunty attaining".

On reverse searching this image, we found that this image was published in an article by The Outlook. According to the media outlet, this is an image by PTI on September 19, 2017.

Hence we can conclude that old and unrelated photographs of elderly women who are escorted by police personnel are being shared as of JNU students protesting fee hike.

In such sensitive times, what is now at JNU, some people with a motive to mislead people are picking up random pictures from internet and sharing on social media with a false claim. As noted, the above pictures are being shared on social media with false claims or, old and not related to JNU at all.



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