Fact-checker warns against downloading WhatsApp Gold, says it is a malware

Africa Check has launched a fact-finding mission on a tweet of two boys in martial arts training.

The boys are seen squatting and balancing sticks on their outstretched arms, they shake as tears run down their faces. Between laboured breaths, they shout a chant or song.

Azania Mosaka speaks to Africa Check acting deputy editor Kate Wilkinson about what they found out about the video in question.

We are not fact-checking a claim here but we are using fact-checking skills to try and find out the context.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

If you something on Twitter and you are not sure what is going on, just scroll down to the replies because often you will find hints or someone who debunks it for you.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

Wilkinson says they found out that this video came from Douyin which is TikTok in China.

This account that posted the video which is Chinese and we translated to English 'African Blessing Video' has a number of videos of martial arts.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

She further says there is a message circulating on social media that warns of a new, enhanced version of WhatsApp – “WhatsApp Gold” – which is now available, but is actually malware.

Do not download it.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

WhatsApp Gold is a trick/hoax that encourages people to download what appears to be a WhatsApp update but it actually takes you to a website with malware.

Kate Wilkinson, Acting deputy editor - Africa Check

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