Since December 28, several social media users have posted a video of students standing in a queue at Toronto Pearson International Airport. These posts claim that the video shows Indian students being deported from Canada for submitting fake results of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), an English language proficiency test.

Lt Col Aamir, a retired Pakistan army officer (as per his Twitter bio) tweeted the video with the same claim. He wrote, “This is in Pearson Intl today. A batch of indian student were deported back when their IELTS results were found to be fake. Imagine Indians are sending students abroad on fake degrees.”

Similar posts were posted by several social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

FALSE CLAIM

On December 31, the official twitter account of the Canada Border Services Agency posted a tweet to refuse the claims made in the post. The tweet said, “The #CBSA can confirm that the content and caption of a video circulating on social media are false. The video shows an overflow waiting area at @TorontoPearson where international students are awaiting study permit processing. The individuals are not waiting to be deported.”

Several Pakistani social media users, therefore, shared the video with the false claim that India students are being deported from Pearson airport because they showed fake documents of IELTS score.

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Archit is a graduate in English Literature from The MS University of Baroda. He also holds a post-graduation diploma in journalism from the Asian College of Journalism. Since then he has worked at Essel Group's English news channel at WION as a trainee journalist, at S3IDF as a fundraising & communications officer and at The Hindu as a reporter. At Alt News, he works as a fact-checking journalist.