FACT CHECK: Did UNESCO Release A Statement About The Recent Deforestation In Sinharaja? Find out the Truth…

Dr. Punchinilame Meegaswatte, Secretary of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU), stated that there is no threat of deforestation in Sinharaja reserve as claimed by many. This statement had been a hot topic on both mainstream media and social media, over the past couple of weeks. A number of media organizations in the […]

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FACT CHECK: Are These the Images of Deforestation in Various Parts of Sri Lanka? Here’s the Truth!

Deforestation is a hot topic in Sri Lanka these days. Ever since Bhagya Abeyratne spoke about it on Sirasa Lakshapathi program, social media was abuzz with various kinds of images claiming to be of deforestation happening in various parts of the island. We noticed a particular Facebook page that had posted a number of posts […]

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FACT CHECK: Is Tamil language replaced by Chinese from public signboards in Sri Lanka? Here’s the truth…

Over the last few weeks, we have debunked several misleading content, which implied that Tamil language had been replaced by Chinese Mandarin script in some of the key public places in Sri Lanka. Here are few examples: Link 1 | Link 2 On a similar note, photos of a name board, which did not feature […]

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Misleading claims on DCD levels in Milk Powder

Food quality standard issues, especially issues related to milk products are familiar to Sri Lankans. The 2008 Chinese milk scandal, which involved milk adulterated with melamine and the 2013 Fonterra recall of milk products on a global scale are two instances, which come to our minds instantly. Fonterra incident impacted locally as well; with instances […]

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FACT CHECK: 2011 Video of Tsunami in Japan Shared as Recent Karachi Floods…

Burevi was the recent cyclone that hit the Indian Subcontinent which was still recuperating from the effects of Cyclone Nivar. Cyclone Burevi entered the shores of Sri Lanka on 2nd December night and there were widespread media alerts on the potential dangers of heavy rainfalls, gale winds and possibility of floods.  In this context, a […]

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FACT CHECK: Is there a fence in this viral image? Here’s the truth!

Most of the sheep behavioral studies, classify them as gregarious animals, meaning that sheep band together and pretty much stay together for protection. Also because of this nature if one sheep moves in a particular direction others tend to follow them and soon the entire flock will follow. Some viral social media posts on a […]

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FACT CHECK: Is this viral photo-shoot from Sri Lanka?

Scenes of group of performers dressed in costumes made using vegetables went viral among social media users in Sri Lanka from past few days. While most of these images were used to create posts in a more satirical manner, we noticed one particular post, which claimed that the scenes were from a Sri Lankan photo-shoot.  […]

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FACT CHECK: Viral Image of Lions Protecting a Man Praying in The Middle of a Road is Fake…

Religions around the world have their own ways and methods of worship. In Islam, the religious prayer Salat or Salah, also known as Namaz, is performed first standing and later kneeling or sitting on the ground, reciting verses from the holy Qur’an glorifying and praising Allah. An image of a worshipper offering Namaz in the […]

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FACT CHECK: Viral fake statements about COVID-19 attributed to US President Donald Trump

USA President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID19 in early October. However, they returned to the White House after having spent only a handful of days at the military hospital. The images of President Trump staging a dramatic return and appearing without a facemask went also went viral. Thus, […]

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Arnold Schwarzenegger did not sleep on the street in front of his statue, because a hotel denied him free room

World-renowned Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger started off as a professional bodybuilder and then shot to fame as an action star in Hollywood. Later, he went on to become the 38th Governor of California and was in the office from 2003 to 2011. The Facebook page of Anuradha Nanayakkara carried the following post, along with an […]

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