Recently, Anurag Kashyap was able to successfully fool the media with a post saying that he had a fractured eye! He claimed that he had he was able to prove that media was not fact checking the news before making headlines. Therefore, he won the bet.
Rumours often spread like wild fire and with the arrival of Twitter, Facebook and other social platforms the trend only went North.
one Instagram picture of prosthetics test for the eye, with a random line, becomes news without crosschecking. point proven, won the bet — Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) August 25, 2015
Kashyap’s post gives us a deeper insight into the world where anything and everything can trend. And, in this scenario, confusion and conflicts can arise. They can have very bad repercussions. Media too plays a very important role here.
Here’s a list of 5 rumors which were believed to be true by tweeps but were later proved to be false.
A photoshopped version of Veerender’s mirror selfie went viral after the Paris attacks. The picture portrayed him as a terrorist. It was circulated so much that even a Spanish newspaper published it on their front page. He had to tweet the original picture to prove his innocence after which people realised it was fake.
— Amy (@AmyStephen) November 15, 2015
This image has been used, and placed on the front page of a major Spain newspaper–putting me as one of the people behind terrorist attacks. — Veerender Jubbal (@Veeren_Jubbal) November 15, 2015
Can’t believe people told @Veeren_Jubbal one way of avoiding being photoshopped to look like a terrorist is to not post selfies online.
— Shuks. (@nikeshshukla) November 15, 2015
Russian President’s Quote News anchor Remi Malouf tweeted, a quote addressing it to the Russian President – Vladimir Putin, as his response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. Quote Of The Week From Vladmar Putin pic.twitter.com/pTUy75Y4Ql
— Naijapals Forum (@Naijapals) November 18, 2015
— Ruchita (@CS_Ruchi) November 20, 2015
Eventually, she realized it was a fake quote and deleted that tweet. She had originally taken the quote from a Facebook post. However, the damage was done. People had already believed it and had also expressed their opinions about it.
This is the danger of social media! I took Putin’s quote from a post on Facebook & it turned out to be false. I apologize. — Remi Maalouf (@RemiMaalouf) November 18, 2015
Phuc Dat Bich
A few days ago, news came about a man claimed that Facebook had blocked his account because of his name. He claimed that it was his real name and also posted a picture of his passport. Later, he admitted that it was a prank after his former school friend revealed his real picture and name. But, he was indeed able to fool a lot of people.
Aamir Khan and the Amul advertisement
After Aamir Khan’s remark about intolerance, twitter went crazy. Some supported him by saying that it is a legitimate fear while some ridiculed and abused him badly. Amidst all this chaos, an Amul ad went viral.
The ad originally came out a year ago during the publicity of Aamir Khan’s movie- PK. Eventually people realized that it is an old ad and Amul too came out with another ad for the occasion. The content of the ad and the timing of the rumor was a perfect mixture which was able to ruin the situation further.
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 25, 2015
Neil Nitin Mukesh and Game of Thrones
When Neil Nitin Mukesh claimed that he had bagged a role in Game of Thrones, social media went crazy. Photoshopped images of Neil and related memes went viral. Later, when the news came that he has not been offered any role in Game of Thrones, the scenario turned uglier for the Prem Ratan Dhan Payo star.
— Kurkure (@KurkureSnacks) November 4, 2015
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has bagged a role in Game of thrones series. Daenerys will now rename her 3 dragon as Neil, Nitin and Mukesh — Chennai Memes (@MemesChennai) November 4, 2015
— Varun Hirani (@hiraniv) November 27, 2015
One can easily notice the timing of these rumors. Also, each of these rumors were central to just one person but had an impact on a larger scale.
A simple thing that can save everyone from trouble is – constant vigilance!