Who runs the page?
The page is reportedly run by Abhishek Mishra, someone who claims to be an RTI activist on his Twitter bio. He often boasts of his closeness to many Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and is often slammed for posting fake content on his personal Twitter timeline.
Here are a few pages which are run by @meamabhishek to push his fake Articles. For a change, he posts Anti Modi pos… https://t.co/LAaGrxmk4U
— Unofficial Sususwamy (@swamv39) 1525721180000
आज राजा दिग्विजय जी को 31 तारीख़ से होने वाली नर्मदा यात्रा की शुभकामनाएँ दी ।अगले 6 महीने तक के लिए राजनीति से दूर… https://t.co/MKoBTi7R68
— Abhishek Mishra (@meamabhishek) 1505562821000
Last year, Mishra was called out after he tweeted a fake CNN report to claim that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was the most corrupt party in the world.
Narendra Modi ji is proud of running the corrupt free government. @meamabhishek Your lies & fake news has been expo… https://t.co/RxgtVXaYDA
— Mitesh Jain (@MK7786) 1502195615000
In another instance, right after the BJP won elections in Uttar Pradesh, Mishra posted a fake image claiming that prosthetics were used by the saffron party to subvert election process by enabling their voters to vote multiple times, another fake claim.
Extending the same modus operandi on to the page ‘Viral in India’, Mishra and his team uses it purvey fake images, videos, photoshopped tweets, fake quotes etc. The page is affiliated to a website called viralinindia.net, which regularly publishes misleading reports.
Take a look at some of the fake content posted by ‘Viral In India’ in the past:
Fake content exhibit 1: USA declares former PM Manmohan Singh the most honest Indian politician.
An image of Manmohan displayed during a state dinner hosted by Barack Obama in December 2016 was misrepresented as one declaring him the most honest leader.
Fake content exhibit 2: Donald Trump bows down in front of Akhilesh Yadav
This is nothing more than a desperate attempt at click-bait. Trump probably doesn’t even know about Akhilesh’s existence.
Fake content exhibit 3: Muslim makes history by doing Namaz on moon
Needless to explain that this claim is totally fake.
Fake content exhibit 4: PM Modi demanded Aadhar card before allowing girls to tie him rakhi
This is absolutely untrue. As per the security protocol of PMO India, any visitor is required to carry an ID-proof. Times Fact-Check team has already busted this false claim
Fake content exhibit 5: The page regularly invents controversial quotes and attributes them to politicians and celebs.
Harbhajan Singh: “Rahul Gandhi is not just a good politician but a wonderful human being too. It is imperative for India’s growth that he becomes country’s PM”
President Ram Nath Kovind: “Congress has taken our nation forward”
Shatrughan Sinha: “Kill Muslims, dalits, farmers, journalists, judges but never bat an eyelid as you could be labelled anti-national”
Vladimir Putin: “Manmohan Singh in the classiest leader I have ever met”
Lal Krishna Advani: “A person who is known to shoot after touching feet would never like the hug by Rahul Gandhi”
Fake content exhibit 6: Hen gives birth to 3 puppies
The examples shared above are only a handful of the fake content this page promotes. We urge social media users to be careful about such pages.
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