Author: Areeba Fatima

I started work as a fact checker for IFCN signatory Soch Fact Check in July 2020 and then joined Basic Fact Check in February 2021. Apart from the relevant journalistic experience in the field my interests are in coordinated disinformation campaigns and monitoring social media movements which spread misinformation and cause public harm such as the anti-vaxxers movement in the wake of the pandemic.

Misleading

Daily Jang misled by YouTuber Chandler Hallow’s tweet

Claim: Digital news media misreported Youtuber Chandler Hallow’s accidental death Fact: Chandler Hallow shared a doctored screenshot of a BBC News webpage in a humorous…

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True

The No Confidence Motion has been filed

Fact: The No Confidence motion against the PM has been filed by the Opposition Claim: The No Confidence motion has been tabled at the Parliament…

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False

Aurat March Poster goes Viral on Twitter

Claim: A placard raised at Aurat March 2022 “God Please Give Me a Penis I Want To Rape Men” Fact: A poster raised at Aurat…

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Out of Context

Image used out of context to criticize Sindh govt’s rejection of the Sehat Card

By Areeba Fatima | 06 January 2022 | 07:32 PM Claim: A tweet criticising the rejection of Sehat Card policy in Sindh shared an image…

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Misleading

Afghan flag has not been banned, but restricted in practice by the Taliban government

By Areeba Fatima | 26 October 2021 | 10:32 AM Claim: Twitter users claimed Member of National Assembly (MNA) Mohsin Dawar’s Tweet saying the tri-color…

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False

Ministry of Finance spokesperson lies about India’s inflation rate

By Areeba Fatima | 22 October 2021 | 9:45 AM Claim: India’s rate of inflation was 7.5% in September 2021 Fact: India’s rate of inflation…

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False

Shabaz Gill lies about the Forbes’ article “20 Most Dangerous Places For Women”

By Areeba Fatima | 21 September 2021 | 6:30 PM Claim: Forbes’ article does not consider Pakistan in the 20 Most Dangerous Places for Women.…

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False

Tara Baloch is from Iran

By Areeba Fatima | 08 August 2021 | 11:59 PM Claim: Tara Baloch from Balochistan (Pakistan) scored 162 on the Oxford IQ Test Fact: Tara…

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