A screenshot of a tweet allegedly published by news organisation ‘Al Jazeera’ has gone viral on social media. The alleged tweet is being shared with a disturbing picture of a bleeding woman along with a tweet text that reads, “Taliban started abducting minor girls from their home. The parents who are refusing to give their daughters to the Taliban are being killed by Taliban Fighters.”
There are many media reports claiming that Taliban fighters are forcibly marrying young girls in areas under their dominance. However, the Taliban’s spokesperson has denied such claims and stated that they are “poisonous propaganda”.
The post is being shared on Facebook with a caption that reads, “Hindus will still vote for free electricity. We are the same people that cheated our own to British and Mughals.”
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NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim and found it to be FALSE.
Looking closely at the viral image, we noticed that the Twitter handle of Al Jazeera has been misspelt. The authentic name is “Al Jazeera” whereas the Twitter handle of the viral screenshot reads “Al Jajeera”.
The display name of the original Twitter handle of the outlet is “Al Jazeera” and Twiter handle is “@AJEnglish” whereas the Twitter handle of “Al Jazeera Breaking News” is “@AJENews”.
We also did a keyword search but could not find any similar tweet on either “Al Jazeera” or “Al Jazeera Breaking News” Twitter handles.
On doing a Reverse Image Search, we found the same image uploaded in a news article published on March 18, 2016. The caption of the image reads, “Afghan artists reenact the mob killing of Farkhunda Malikzada, 27, an Afghan woman who was beaten to death on March 19, 2015, after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran in Kabul.” The same image was also uploaded on AP Images on March 17, 2016.
Thus, it is evident from the above information that the viral post linked to Al Jazeera tweet on abduction of minor girls is fake. Therefore, the viral claim is FALSE.
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