This year saw social media at its strongest, so much so that it made us believe some of the weirdest news that kept coming our way. While social media is necessary to spread the news and to have a bit of fun, today's public should be well aware of the 'breaking news' that might have broken to just break our heads off with hoax information.
Having said that, a number of viral flawed and invalid stories and news had flooded the social media with a storm. One after the other, it all got a seal of the 'wow' or 'oh my god'. Sadly, these fake news are still considered to be real and need to be out with a full stop to them. Here is a list of such news, that had made us cringe, laugh and mostly weirded us out. Take a look!
The leaders of particular countries were photoshopped into the picture which saw many powerful world leaders coming together and discussing something serious. This picture was trolled, and some did believe that their respective leader was in fact, the VVIP among the VIPs.
The new Rs 200 note picture started circulating, and people started to believe that after Rs 2000 and Rs 500 notes, this was the new currency note that would be seen soon. There were reports that the government is considering such a new currency to fill the gaps. However, this was just a great work in photoshop.
Kiran Bedi tweeted a picture of monuments such as Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, etc., which were lit up in tricolour on the eve of the Indian Republic Day. The truth was that apart from Burj Khalifa, no other monuments were lit up that way.
This was an extremely beautiful picture that went viral on Diwali. The picture had the Golden Temple and lanterns flying in the sky signifying the festival of lights. Later on, the truth came out by the editor of the picture, Navkaran Brar, who took to Twitter to announce that it was his piece of editing and that this was not a real picture.
The viral pictures of the Iranian teenager Sahar Tabar went berserk because it was earlier claimed that she had undergone 50 surgeries to look like Hollywood star Angelina Jolie and the outcome to all those surgeries is in front of you. Not only this, but she was also claimed to look like Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, among other equally horrific names. Later, it was known that all of this was nothing but a fake news. She just photoshopped her own image, and the pictures that she posted did not look like her at all.
A picture showing soldiers braving extreme conditions in trenches were believed to be that of the Indian forces. BJP MP Kirron Kher tweeted the photo which was captioned, "Night Stay Of Indian Soldiers At Siachen Glacier. Respect and Salute To Indian Army. Feel Proud To Share This Picture." However, this picture was not of the Indian Army but was claimed to be of the Russian Army.
Indians did not even come out of the shock of the currency demonetization when media outlets had spread the news of Rs 2,000 having the GPS imbedded in them. It was said that it was PM Narendra Modi's propaganda to win fight against corruption and black money. Eventually, later it was confirmed by the RBI that they didn't feature any such new currency.
A photo that has been around all the social media platforms. Any guesses? A photo of Narendra Modi sitting in his office with Sachin Tendulkar. There is nothing strange, right? But, wait... here comes the strange part, there's a framed picture of Mukesh Ambani with his wife hanging on the wall of the Prime Minister's office. Anyway, it was just a fake picture.
A lot of viral messages went on to circulate that any call answered from 777888999 number would make your phone to blast and eventually will lead to your death. Many pictures of people getting their ears burnt went on to circulate as a shred of evidence. Later on, it was termed as hoax news.
A WhatsApp spread pointing that Newslaundry's Madhu Trehan had an issue with one of the most talked about movie 'Baahubali'. It is said that she had an issue that Muslim characters didn't make their way in the movie and she kept being trolled. However, Madhu came out and spoke out loud that these were not the words that came out from her mouth at all.