Fact Check: Muslim BTS Fan Did NOT Play 'Dynamite' Instead Of Azaan Over Mosque Speakers

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Muslim BTS Fan Did NOT Play 'Dynamite' Instead Of Azaan Over Mosque Speakers Satirical Post

Did a Muslim fan of the K-Pop boy band BTS accidentally play the band's hit song "Dynamite" rather than azaan (the Muslim call to prayer, also known as "adhan") over loudspeakers at a mosque? No, that's not true: the viral image making the claim is satire.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post (archived here) published on June 29, 2021. The text in the post's image opened:

Muslim BTS fan accidentally plays the song 'Dynamite' instead of Azaan on loudspeakers at 4am; gets arrested

This is how the post looked on Instagram on June 30, 2021:

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Jun 30 15:35:16 2021 UTC)

A rudimentary reverse image search Lead Stories conducted on TinEye turned up no matches for the photo of a minaret used in the post.

The watermark in the upper right corner of the image read "Real Inshots," a social media account on Instagram that posts satirical content. The page's bio states:

we provide india's foremost fictitious news.
follow us at your own risk.

Although the post was no longer on the page's feed, the page did post a Story Highlight about it. A screenshot of the highlight is included below:

realinshots note on IG stories.PNG

(Source: Instagram screenshot taken on Wed Jun 30 14:08:27 2021 UTC)

Lead Stories reached out to @realinshots through an Instagram direct message on June 30, 2021, to confirm whether the image originated on their page and when it was originally posted. We received a nonsensical crude response, further indicating their proclivity for "fictitious" content.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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