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 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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