Mukesh Ambani’s Cancer, Putin’s Wild COVID-19 Measure And Other Viral Fake News Of 2020
2020 is finally coming to an end. Apart from the growing COVID-19 cases, many fake news items also managed to create headlines this year.
2020 was a tough year for people across the globe due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But while many countries across the globe were in complete lockdown and suffered due to it, many personalities became the subject of fake news. So take a look at these celebs and how they went viral this year.
The year 2020 is finally coming to an end. Many people have suffered tremendously due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and all the other disasters that took place this year. 2020 is set to go down in history as one of the most difficult years for the modern world. Apart from the pandemic, many other stories also made headlines this year and gain some spotlight.
Many spent time locked down at home with only their phones and the internet keeping them safely up to date about what was happening in the world around them. This also broadened the scope for fake news.
Many celebrities and eminent personalities went viral this year due to this fake news cycle. Starting off with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin! It was reported that President Putin released tigers and lions on the street. When the COVID-19 pandemic was still being considered as an epidemic, some articles suggested that Russia’s President released tigers and lions on the street to ensure people do not step out of their houses.
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Another viral news item that was reported in 2020 involved Italy’s President and the President of Brazil. An article claimed that Italy’s President cried after seeing hundreds of bodies piled up due to the Coronavirus outbreak. But this fake news item was debunked since the viral post was actually the picture of Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro. This picture was captured during Thanksgiving Service in 2019.
Qatari princess Sheikha Salwa also fell prey to becoming the target of fake news. Fake reports claimed that the princess was caught in an orgy with seven men at Excelsior London Hotel. But the picture attached with this article was of Alia Al Mazrouei, Dubai’s Chief Operating Officer. One the report was fact checked it turned out to be from 2016 and had no connection to the Qatari Princess.
Budweiser also bore the brunt of falling sales due to viral fake news. A satirical claim about an employee peeing in the beer tanks at the factory went viral as people took it seriously. Billionaire Mukesh Ambani was also part of the fake news cycle 2020. It was reported that Ambani has been suffering from Pancreatic Cancer. But soon Reliance Industries Corporate Communications Team confirmed that the news was completely fake.
Many WhatsApp users have been tormented by ‘good morning’ messages every day. In regards to this a fake news item suggested that forwarding good morning texts on WhatsApp can lead to somebody stealing your phone data. Another tech news that went viral this year involved Dubai’s Bahrain Emir getting a robot bodyguard to protect himself. But turns out the video was from an exhibition form 2019 and the man in the video was not the Emir of Bahrain.
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