Fake appeals from PM Narendra Modi circulate again on social media. The hoax message advocates people use only Indian-made products during this coming Diwali.
A fake appeal attributed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which had cropped up last year, is once again doing the rounds on social media sites and instant messaging apps.
The hoax message being circulated this time advocates people use only products and ingredients manufactured in India during the upcoming festival of Diwali. The message is a subtle variation of last year’s appeal to boycott Chinese crackers ahead of the festival of lights.
At that time, the message had claimed the action was in response to China’s continued efforts to block India’s attempts at the UN to get Jaish-e-Mohammadchief Masood Azhar recognized as a ‘Globally Designated Terrorist’. However, the renewed “fake news” campaign this year may be due to the ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam in Sikkim.
Last year, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had asked social media users to ignore these fake posts and had tweeted a sample image of what such fake posts may look like.
The tweet from the PMO warning against falling prey to such inauthentic messages had led to widespread demands from the public to crack down against the source of these fake messages.