- Taliban control of Afghanistan.
- Fake news on social media.
- Celebrities who share fake news.
The circulated report reads as follows
The campaign claimed that Taliban militants were wearing masks to prevent the spread of Covid during the capture of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, and that CNN applauded the move. Screenshots of the news, which included CNN’s logo, were widely circulated on social media. The campaign claimed that CNN had praised Taliban militants who wore masks to prevent the spread of Covid and pointed out their responsibility.
Screenshot shared by celebrities
The screenshot of CNN praising the Taliban was shared by many in India on social media. Director Vivek Agnihotri and others shared the news on Twitter. His tweet said that CNN was praising him for wearing the mask of the Taliban who are slaughtering innocents. Vivek Agnihotri’s tweet was shared by 1,170 people and liked by more than 4,000 people. Filmmaker Ashok Pandit campaigned in a similar manner.
What was the truth?
Fact check revealed that the screenshot and news spread in the name of CNN were fake. It was discovered that the campaign was carried out by combining a news item from the news satire website ‘The Babylon Bee’ with CNN’s edited screengrab. This news has nothing to do with CNN. The Babylon Bee is a website that presents news in a satirical manner. Unbeknownst to them, many prominent people shared and commented on this fake news. The fake news was given along with another picture of the Taliban. Taliban militants often wear masks or cover their faces.
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