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Claim: A video shows federal minister Ahsan Iqbal accusing the army chief of selling Pakistan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and calling his own government traitors. He has also resigned from the ministry.  Fact: Ahsan Iqbal has not resigned from his post. The viral video is from Imran Khan’s tenure and its audio has […]

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Claim: An Indian man will send an artificial limb for a camel whose right leg was chopped off in Sindh’s Sanghar district on 14 June. Fact: The camel will not receive any prosthetic limb from India. Instead, a Pakistani company, Bioniks, is supporting the injured animal by working on a prosthesis. On 16 June 2024, news […]

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Claim: American professor, linguist and activist Noam Chomsky has died. Fact: Chomsky is alive. His wife refuted reports of his death, clarifying that he was hospitalised in Sao Paulo, Brazil but has now been discharged. On 19 June 2024, X (formerly Twitter) user @NiohBerg claimed that American professor, linguist and intellectual Noam Chomsky had died. […]

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Claim: Two pictures show PTI founder Imran Khan’s sons, Sulaiman Isa Khan and Kasim Khan, on their way to perform Hajj and in front of the Kaaba. Fact: Both images are doctored. On 14 June 2024, Soch Fact Check received a WhatsApp message containing a visual comprising two pictures; one of which seemingly shows Sulaiman […]

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Claim: A viral picture shows Prince William getting emotional while embracing Prince Harry over Kate Middleton’s dire health situation.  Fact: The image is AI-generated. Moreover, the royal family has not issued any updates suggesting that Kate Middleton’s health is in serious condition. On 22 May 2024, a user on Facebook posted an image (archive) of […]

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Claim: A video shows former first lady Bushra Bibi talking about a kiss with a man during an interview.  Fact: The video is a deepfake, with Bushra Bibi’s face superimposed onto the footage of another woman which dates back to November 2022. On 26 April 2024, Facebook user Akbar Gilgiti posted a video of Imran […]

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Claim: A video shows federal minister Ahsan Iqbal accusing the army chief of selling Pakistan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and calling his own government traitors. He has also resigned from the ministry.  Fact: Ahsan Iqbal has not resigned from his post. The viral video is from Imran Khan’s tenure and its audio has […]

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Claim: Lazar Masih and his son Nazir Masih were killed in Sargodha in a lynching attempt by the residents of Mujahid colony in Sargodha.  Fact: Lazar Masih was not murdered, nor was his son Sultan. Lazar Masih, also known as Nazir, who was attacked and left injured, but alive.  On 27 May 2024, a photograph […]

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Claim: A viral video suggests that a significant number of Argentines are converting to Islam, as evidenced by footage of a woman visiting a mosque, converting to Islam, and reciting the Shahada, in accordance with Islamic traditions. Fact: The video in question is misleading; it was actually filmed at the Islamic Centre South West Ontario […]

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Claim: New technology allows hackers to extract fingerprints from photographs posted online where a person’s fingertips are visible, when making a peace sign, for example. These biometric details can then be used to hack into someone’s phone or commit a range of cybercrimes, including bypassing authentication processes and hacking into banking accounts. A good way […]

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Claim: Cosmic rays from outer space will enter Earth between 12:30 am and 3:30 am, around the time of the solar eclipse, and harm human bodies through digital devices. Fact: No scientific evidence exists that cosmic rays can pass through digital devices and harm human bodies. This false claim has circulated online time and again […]

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Claim: A viral Snapchat mashup shows several video clips of the recent rainstorm in the UAE. Fact: All ten of these clips are from last year, 2023.  On 16 April 2024, Soch Fact Check received a request to verify a mashup of video clips which was “Forwarded many times” on WhatsApp. The video shows multiple […]

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Claim: A female American soldier is looking to connect with people online on Threads. Fact: The image of the female American soldier is AI-generated.  On 12 May 2024, a Threads account shared an image of an American female soldier with the caption: “Hello, Lets chat on Instagram”. Receiving more than 17,800 views and hundreds of […]

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Claim: A stone tablet depicting a man in front of a computer proves technology existed in “ancient times”. Fact: The stone tablet is not authentic but an artwork created by Mexico-based illustrator, Raul Cruz. On 14 May 2024, Threads user @ishowcybersecurity posted (archive) an image of what appears to be a stone tablet depicting a […]

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Claim: A video on X shows the District Municipal Corporation (DMC) administrator and his team falling into Karachi’s Gujjar Nullah while cleaning the area. Fact: The claim is false as the video is not from Karachi but from India and shows the then Mayor of Panaji Surendra Furtado, along with others, as their boat capsized […]

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