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Fake news: No metro pillar fell in Thane; old video from Varanasi goes viral

The original video was published on YouTube and dates back to May 2018, whereas the incident was reported in the Varanasi cantonment railway station area in May 2016.

Fake news: No metro pillar fell in Thane; old video from Varanasi goes viral
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Everyone on social media is an informer today, or at least tries to be one, which has given birth to several instances where fake news goes viral today. Users, without understanding or learning about the credibility of the news, spread the word, with an aim to create awareness, and this in turn spreads wrong information leading to panic and chaos.

One such incident was reported on Thursday, February 25, 2021, when a video went viral showing a fallen pillar that killed several people and crushed several vehicles due to the collapse. Claims were being made that it was a metro pillar that fell down in Thane's Balkum locality, however, credible sources confirm that the video is old and the incident was reported in 2016.

The visuals which are being spoken about are of the Varanasi incident where an under-construction flyover collapsed in 2016. Several cars and people were killed due to the incident and were found under the debris. Several cars and people are seen in the video and it is said that the police had reached the spot. 

Furthermore, fake news informers also said that the crowd gathered in the area and did not follow the COVID-19 safety norms by not following social distancing and not wearing masks

The original video was published on YouTube and dates back to May 2018, whereas the incident was reported in the Varanasi cantonment railway station area in May 2016.

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