One stray news, and a couple of forwards is all it takes for some fake news going viral. Social media, especially Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp, and sometimes even celebrities fall into the trap.
From random quotes to news items anything and everything can get viral with no proper authenticity involved. The same happened when the news started doing rounds that UNESCO has declared Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the best leader in the world caught up like wild fire. Even snooker and billiards champion Pankaj Advani believed it and hence tweeted: “Congratulations @narendramodi sir for being declared the best PM in the world by @UNESCO #ProudIndian @PMOIndia. And when he knew he jumped the gun he clarified and tweeted again – I know I got my facts wrong but this apparently gets more attention than when I win a WORLD TITLE!!”
And he was not alone in this. Thousands of Modi bhakts and others posted congratulatory messages and retweeted the news, until it was clarified by news media that it was indeed fake news, andthen the trolls had a gala time. It was in short one fun filled day on social media.