A video is being shared on Facebook with a claim that a Muslim man in the video is spitting into the food he is packing to spread coronavirus. Let’s analyze the authenticity of the claim made in the post.
Claim: Video of a Muslim man spitting into the food packages to spread coronavirus.
Fact: It’s an old video. While the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China in December 2019, the posted video has been shared on the internet since April 2019. Also, the video is not related to India. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
Upon reverse image search of the screenshots of the posted video, it was found that the video was present on the internet since April 2019. A Facebook page, ‘We are Malaysians’ posted the same video on 26 April 2019 with the words: ‘Secret Recipe… to keep papadum fresh always. Turns out this is the secret recipe to stay fresh forever’. No additional information related to the video was found in the post.
In the posted video, the logo of the food delivery organisation, ‘foodpanda’, is in pink color. However, in India, the logo of ‘foodpanda’ is in orange color. Therefore, the posted video is not related to India. Although people on social media have been mentioning that the video is related to Malaysia, no information related to it was found. It can be seen from the ‘foodpanda’ website that the logo color of their organisation in Malaysia is ‘pink‘.
Also, while the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China in the last week of December 2019, the posted video was present on the internet since April 2019.
To summarize, an old video from Malaysia is falsely shared as that of a Muslim man spitting in food to spread Coronavirus
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