Former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has NOT converted Buddhism.

An image of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wearing monk robes is circulating on social media claiming that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has converted to Buddhism and thus we can see him in the robe attire. The image is going viral on Facebook and Twitter. The caption of the post mentions that “World cup […]

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Fact Check: Are these actual achievements of the former PM Ranil Wickremasinghe? Find out the Truth…

Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe with over 4 decades of parliamentary experience and expertise is considered to be one of the most proficient Sri Lankan politicians in the field of diplomatic affairs as well. Even though Mr. Wickremasinghe unexpectedly lost his parliamentary seat in the 2020 general elections, some of the party seniors […]

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Viral message claiming WhatsApp will be chargeable is a Hoax

Social media is filled with misinformation related to the messaging app WhatsApp after they announced their new privacy policy. Fact Crescendo has debunked such misinformation in the past as well. Amidst this, a WhatsApp message reportedly sent by the “director of WhatsApp”, Varun Pulyani, has been circulating on social media. The message requests users to […]

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Bill Gates did not say that people will die after taking the COVID-19 vaccine

Social media is flooded with misinformation related to the fatalities andside-effects suspected to be linked to COVID-19 vaccines. Amid this, several posts on social media claims that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has said in an interview to CNBC that 7 lakh people will face death or disability after taking the vaccines. This message is going […]

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Trump did not write “Joe, you know I won” in his handover letter to Biden

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on 20 January 2021. The transition took place even as Donald Trump continued to claim that he had won the elections and the results were rigged in Biden’s favor. Amidst this a viral post on social media is circulating, claiming that before Trump […]

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FACT CHECK: Is This the Photo of Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma’s Newborn Baby? Find Out the Truth…

Photos of newborn kids of celebrities and prominent families attract a lot of attention on social media. Sometimes unrelated photos get viral as photos of newborn children get viral as kids of celebrities. Recently we did a couple of fact checks in Sinhala on photos wrongly claimed to be of newborns of Rajapaksa family. You […]

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FACT CHECK: Don’t Fall for This Spam Message in Name of WHO…

Many online hoaxes and scams spreading through social media platforms, especially through WhatsApp are always at Fact Crescendo’s watch. We have debunked several spam messages circulating on WhatsApp.  Few days back, we came across a WhatsApp message, which claimed that World Health Organization (WHO) has decided to provide 500-dollar benefit. However, our investigations revealed that […]

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Do Not Fall for This Hoax of People Turning into Zombies Due to COVID-19 vaccine!

During the initial months of COVID-19 pandemic, a number of false claims were circulated alleging how people from different parts of the world reacted to the deadly virus. Now as some countries are trying out the new vaccines, similar claims on how people are reacting to the vaccines have emerged. A photo is being shared […]

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Fake Alert: Beware of Hoax Messages Asking for Your Details in Facebook’s Name

There are plenty of online hoaxes spreading through social media platforms and often these fake news peddlers identify themselves to be part of Facebook or WhatsApp. In the past we have debunked a few such posts which can be read here and here. Recently we noticed a number of posts, which had tagged mostly verified […]

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FACT CHECK: Was this video taken in Kattankudy during the Burevi Cyclone?

The recent Cyclone Burevi which hit the north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka on the night of 2nd December, gradually moved west towards the on the following day, without causing extensive damage.  The Department of Meteorology and Disaster Management Center both had issued warnings about heavy rains and strong winds especially in the identified risk zones […]

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