Flashback 2018: Top Fake News Stories You Actually Believed
As the year 2018 comes to an end, it is time to have a look at the most egregious fake news stories of the year.
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The year 2018 has been an eventful year in the world of news. Fake news and inflammatory messages have been widely circulatory all across social media and have made headlines. Have a look at the most egregious fake news stories of 2018:
Recently a news circulated on social media, “Newly appointed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath was former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's driver”. On Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary, Kamal Nath had shared the image from his official Twitter handle. The photo was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter and people created memes trolling it on social media.
This image was shared online a few months ago which shows that FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a jersey which reads 'Modi 420'. Later it was discovered that the picture was photoshopped. The original jersey read 'Modi G20'.
"Be careful not to take the paracetamol that comes written P/500. It is a new, very white and shiny paracetamol, doctors prove to contain ‘Machupo’ virus, considered one of the most dangerous viruses in the world. And with high mortality rate.” The news was spread all across social media but this turned out to be fake. Experts shared that there have been no cases of Machupo viruses recorded in India.
“After successfully damaged 2000 notes within 2 years Sardar Statue cracking in 2 weeks”. The news of structural defects in the Statute of Unity circulated on social platforms. Later it was discovered that the assertion on social media that the viral image of cracks on the Statue of Unity is false.