On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest railroad bridge and also flagged off Tinsukia-Naharlagun Express train which links Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh to Tinsukia in Assam.
A video clip of Modi, supposedly waving at an empty train on the Bogibeel railroad bridge went viral on social media. Many people on the social media which included Facebook pages with large followings and even opposition mocked the Prime Minister once the video surfaced.
The claim: Modi waved at an empty train
Alt News after conducting a fact check found that FekuExpress, a Facebook page had shared the video which had crossed over 3 lakh views and had been shared 11,000 times. The video has since then been removed by the page.
However, the video was in turn shared by others on Facebook as well as on Twitter.
The 27-seconds-long video which has an ANI logo shows Modi standing on the bridge while waving at the train which was stationed beneath it.
Shared by many
Brijesh Kalappa, spokesperson of Indian National Congress shared the same video on Twitter and suggested that there was “No one down there to be waved at.” Maharastra Congress Spokesperson, Sachin Sawant also posted a series of pictures of the inauguration ceremony and said, “Fake Photo-op at his best.”
Suggesting the PM was waving at an “imaginary crowd,” Khushbu Sundar, National Spokesperson of the Congress also tweeted the video.
The reality reveals the truth
The false claims by individuals as well as Facebook pages can easily be refuted by checking the full version of the videos which have already been posted on YouTube. The video shows people were indeed aboard the train. The official channel of PMO India uploaded a video on its Youtube channel where people can be seen waving at the Prime Minister from inside the train.
In the longer version of the edited video by ANI, similar visuals of people sitting inside the train can be seen.
Press Information Bureau (PIB) has also tweeted images of the train which refutes false claims.
The Logical Indian take
As citizens of the country, we have a certain responsibility. While trolls and parody accounts have taken the responsibility upon themselves to share as much false information as possible, it is our responsibility to differentiate between what is true and what isn’t, while making others aware about the issue too.
Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.
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