Alleged CCTV footage that shows a man speaking on a phone call while charging his phone is viral. The video claims that the phone blasted on his ear when he took a sip of water. The video has been widely shared with a message in Marathi that says — “This is dangerous! Take care, everyone, while drinking and using your phone which is on charge. The brain seems to go in a shock.”

Pune-based Facebook page Lokmarathi posted this video and so did several other FB users.

The video has also been shared on Twitter and YouTube.

The video was posted by IPS Rupin Sharma as well. He later took it down.

Staged video

This is yet another incident of a staged video going viral as a real incident. A clipped version of the complete video is circulating online.

The full video was posted by badminton player Gutta Jwala. The caption started with ‘Be Careful’ and upon clicking ‘view more’ the following disclaimer can be read — “Thank you for watching! Please be aware that this page features scripted dramas and parodies as well. These short films are for entertainment & educational purposes only!” This video gained close to 5 lakh views.

Readers should also observe that the claim of the ‘blast’ has only been made vis subtitles. There is no actual blast taking place in the video.

To sum it up, yet another scripted video was clipped and shared without a disclaimer on social media. It is worth pointing out that the creators of such videos have time and again failed to include proper and legible disclaimers in the videos to make it known the depicted incident is staged.

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Archit is a senior fact-checking journalist at Alt News. Previously, he has worked as a producer at WION and as a reporter at The Hindu. In addition to work experience in media, he has also worked as a fundraising and communication manager at S3IDF.