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Bill McCarthy
By Bill McCarthy July 1, 2021

Instagram post about man who played BTS song during Muslim call to prayer is satire

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  • The story of a man who played BTS’s “Dynamite” from a mosque during a call to prayer is made-up. It originated on an Instagram page that describes itself as “India's foremost fictitious source of news.” The account confirmed to PolitiFact that the story was satire.

An image circulating on Instagram and other social media platforms tells an elaborate story about a 21-year-old man who was arrested for interrupting a Muslim call to prayer.

The man accidentally connected his phone to the loudspeakers at a mosque in Jaunpur, India, at 4 a.m., according to the post. So instead of the Muslim call to prayer, the post claims, the community heard the speakers play "Dynamite," the hit song by the K-pop boy band BTS.

"Muslim BTS fan accidantally plays the song ‘Dynamite’ instead of Azaan on loudspeakers a 4 AM; gets arrested," the June 29 post said.

A screenshot of a June 29 Instagram post sharing a satirical story about an incident at a mosque.

The problem with the story: It’s not true. It was created as satire.

A watermarked logo in the top right corner of the image indicates that the post originated with an Instagram account called "Real Inshots." The page says in its bio it is "India's foremost fictitious source of news."

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The original Instagram post no longer appeared on the account’s page on July 1, but versions of it were also shared elsewhere, including on Facebook. They were flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

The Real Inshots account has since clarified in a series of Instagram stories saved to its page that the mosque incident the post described never happened. 

"The post was satire, and we didn’t intend to make it viral and baffle people," the account also said in response to an inquiry from PolitiFact sent through Instagram.

A screenshot of a clarification posted as an Instagram story on the Real Inshots account.

Other accounts that shared the post on Instagram and Facebook did not make it clear that the story was satire. Versions of it got more than 400,000 interactions on Instagram and over 7,000 interactions on Facebook, according to CrowdTangle, a social media insights tool. 

Fact-checkers in the U.S. and India also concluded that the story told in the post was made-up. In fact, the mosque shown in the post does not actually resemble the mosque in Jaunpur where the image claims the incident took place, India’s The Quint reported.

We rate the Instagram post Pants on Fire!

Our Sources

Various Instagram posts, June 29, 2021

Various Facebook posts, June 29, 2021

Real Inshots on Instagram, accessed July 1, 2021

The Quint, "Muslim BTS Fan Plays Music on Mosque Speakers? No, Story is Satire," July 1, 2021

Boom Live, "Viral Post About Muslim BTS Fan Playing 'Dynamite' Instead Of Azaan Is Satire," July 2, 2021

Lead Stories, "Fact Check: Muslim BTS Fan Did NOT Play 'Dynamite' Instead Of Azaan Over Mosque Speakers," June 30, 2021

Instagram message exchange with Real Inshots, July 1, 2021

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