17 Jan 2018/Wednesday
Recent uprising in Iran has once again proved that how fake news can be manipulated to play havoc and be used to shape the perception of the targeted population. Fake news played a major role in fuelling the fire of revolution in Iran. Here are few instances
- This photo of a “brave Iranian women” fighting back the government forces in Iran has been touted as one of the most inspiring images to come out of the uprising. Many journalists have shared it on Twitter or Facebook. But the actual photo is from a state-funded film “Golden Collar”: a piece of propaganda against the 2009 “Green Movement”.
- This photo was tweeted and retweeted number of time to portray that Iranian Riot Police is looting the shops but in reality this video was actually taken in Mexico on December 26, 2017, and shows Mexican police robbing some mobile phones from a shop.
- This is another example of a video taken in a different country – in this case in Argentina – and presented as showing a protest in Iran. However, the person behind the Twitter account that posted it describes himself presented himself as a “pro-Israel” and former Israeli army soldier. The fake video has been retweeted over 1,200 times. In reality the video was taken in December 2017 in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, and shows protests against a new government pension policy. There are people speaking in Spanish in the background of the video.
- Similarly a photo of a woman in a Tehran street, brandishing her hijab was one of the first photos from the protests to go viral. Many activists, social media users and journalists shared it. The woman in the photo is indeed defying the mandatory hijab policy in Iran – but the photo was taken on Enghelab street in Tehran on December 27. The uprising began in the town of Mashhad in the north east of Iran on December 28, so has nothing to do with this particular woman’s role in the uprising.
- Pakistan also continuously tries these stunts on India. However, poor photo shop job and ill timings makes it a laughing stock in the eyes of world media. In order to fuel its proxy war in J & K keeps showing morphed pictures of Indian Citizens protesting against Indian Policies in social media as a matter of its state policies. In one instance Maleeha Lodhi, the Pakistani UN representative, showed the photograph of an injured Palestinian girl as pellet victim in J & K. However, the alert Indian Netizens were quick to find the original photo and Pakistan had to cut a sorry figure.
This is the latest attempt by a Pakistan’s think tank defence.pk who morphed a picture of a girl to portray India into bad light, but it created so much of uproar against it that Twitter had to suspend the verified account. The irony is that the notorious Pakistan is believed by some gullible Indians, which helps it to achieve its evil agenda.