The image and its two claims have been circulating in online social media since March 2020. We aim to test the authenticity of the post as a whole.
Due to an “incorrectly configured database”, the data of over 900,000 users of Virgin Media was unknowingly exposed online for over 10 months, make it vulnerable to hacks. The company later confirmed that their data was accessed at least on one occasion by someone who had no access. That leaves phone numbers, email addresses, date of births and home addresses of all those Virgin customers to be easily accessed and downloaded by that hacker.
The video in this link has been making rounds in various social media including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, claiming to be recorded during the recent riots in a local Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
This message was first spotted in WhatsApp in mid March. It appears to be an individual informing family members that a quarantine is impending. The claim states National Security is mobilizing National Guards and preparing them for a national quarantine for 2 weeks.
TikTok and Facebook were flooded with a viral video where the speaker is seen claiming that the $1200 relief amount being deposited in the accounts of Americans (who earned less than $75,000 a year) needs to be paid pack or the future tax refunds will be reduced. This has since been marked as False Information.
During a media briefing on 2nd of April, the Senior Advisor of Trump Administration, Jared Kushner made a statement on National Stockpile which was quickly debunked by the fact-check pandits. Answering a question on the responsiveness of the Administration to states’ request for accessing ventilators from National Stockpile, Kushner, also the son-in-law of Trump said, “It is supposed to be our stockpile; it is not supposed to be state stockpiles that they can use”.
US President Donald Trump retweeted a video posted by White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino which was quickly marked as “Manipulated Media” by Twitter, a first time for Twitter. In the video, Joe Biden appeared to be talking to his campaign crowd saying, “We can only re-elect Donald Trump”.
The following two tweets from Donald Trump, President of the United States, were posted on 26th May 2020 alleging possible fraud when using mail-in ballots. Twitter proceeded to put a fact-check link on both tweets, a first such move from the social media platform for the president’s feed.
Many on Facebook shared a meme which mocked news media for reporting one guy’s death due to Novel Coronavirus as 2 different deaths. The #FakeNews soon trended making this a viral meme. Facebook soon flagged this meme everywhere as False Information.