A viral clip showing a mom keeping a baby inside a fridge is well-planned scripted video!


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In the 1 minute 7 seconds video, we see a woman talking on her mobile while doing housework parallely. The video is circulated with an infographic message saying, “This is not parenting.” We see that she is cutting vegetables initially while her kid is playing around. Even though she was chopping veggies she was also talking on the mobile to someone. During this time, we notice that she carries the child keeps it in the refrigerator beyond her, and takes the veggies to the next room. Meanwhile, she was communicating on her mobile throughout the scene. After some time, we see her husband come and while he was eating he noticed that the child was missing and asked her about the kid. They both panic and search for it everywhere. Suddenly, the husband hears a crying sound from the fridge and opens it to see the kid crying inside it. He scolds her and picks up the crying kid and they both try to convince the kid. The video ends here with the infographic, “Smartphone addiction is far too dangerous.”

This post is shared with the claim stating, “Horrible Addiction.” You can view a similar claim post here.

What’s the truth?

We started our analysis with the keyframes of the viral video which led us to a FaceBook page namely ‘Ideas Factory.’ Here the same video was posted on April 6 but with a timeline of 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

The video was uploaded with the title, “See What This Mother Did..!” Also when we scroll down we can see a disclaimer note on the caption which 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! Characters in this video are entertainment and educational purposes.”

We took that as a cue and looked through the Ideas Factory Facebook page, where it’s into read “Want to share crazy ideas with all lovable people.”

Additionally, as we browsed the page, we saw that the disclaimer notice was included in the caption of numerous of these staged videos.

This verifies that the video purportedly depicting the woman talking on her phone due to addiction is not authentic, despite what the widely shared claim implies. It’s a carefully thought-out, staged video that was produced for awareness.


And so, we deduce that the widely shared video of a woman talking on her phone while keeping a toddler inside a refrigerator and saying it’s a horrible addiction is a hoax. The viral video is actually orchestrated.

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Indu Meenakshi

Indu Meenakshi is a former Microbiologist-turned-journalist, works as a Sub-Editor at YouTurn. She additionally holds Master’s in Management and English Literature. As a fact-checker, her job entails actively dispelling false information found online, exposing fake news, and raising public awareness.
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