In early 2017, a gruesome video of a young girl being lynched by an angry mob began spreading rapidly through WhatsApp. The accompanying text claimed that a Hindu girl in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh was being punished for refusing to wear a burqa after marrying a Muslim man. When staff at the nonprofit fact-checking website AltNews.in began looking into the authenticity of the video and the accompanying narrative, they noticed that the people in the video did not look Indian, nor did it s…

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