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Is Cadbury distributing chocolate for free?
Posted On : Friday, October 25, 2019, 10:30 AM
No, Cadbury is not distributing any chocolate for free. This is not the kind of fake message that is being circulated for the first time, but in the past there is a record of such incidents. Some messages claim that the Cadbury Company is distributing 5 baskets of chocolate on its 5-year anniversary, some have pulled the number down to 8, while some claim Cadbury is distributing a dozen boxes of chocolate on this occasion. However, the link given in the social media message says only the basket of chocolate distribution. In the past, companies like Amazon and Jet Airways have also been hit by such phony messages, where customers are offered a variety of freebies. Boom also spoke to those companies at the time, saying that no such proposal was made by the company.
RBI directs the likes of Paytm and PhonePe to have an internal ombudsman
Posted On : Monday, October 14, 2019, 12:05 PM
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has directed large pre-paid instrument (PPI) issuers to set up an internal ombudsman mechanism to address customers' grievances. The banking regulator issued this diktat while announcing the monetary policy on October 4. A pre-payment issuer is typically a mobile wallet. Some of the popular and large PPI issuers are Paytm, Mobikwik, Zeta India, PayU, PhonePe and Amazon Pay. These large PPI issuers have been witnessing an enormous growth in their customer base and transaction scale, given the impetus around the digital agenda of the Government. The increased scale has led to a steady increase in customer complaints – a proportion of which is also related to fraud and misconduct. The internal ombudsman mechanism is imperative to ensure customer grievances are resolved in the most effective manner and within a defined timeframe.
No, Zomato’s Sales Have Not Dropped By 60% In 10 Hours
Posted On : Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:57 PM
A fake graphic claiming food delivery app Zomato’s sales have decreased by 60% in 10 hours after users started boycotting it has gone viral on Facebook. The post has gained around 10 thousand shares and around 9,400 reactions at the time of writing the article. But, Zomato is a private company and unlike publicly listed companies, it is not required to disclose its financial statements to the public. BOOM (fact-checking website) also searched with various keywords like ‘drop in Zomato sales’, ‘Zomato sales down by 60%’, and ‘Zomato sales’ and they did not find a single news articles on the same.
Ravi Shastri’s image with liquor bottle under his chair is morphed
Posted On : Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 11:27 AM
An image purporting to show a bottle of alcohol placed below the chair of Ravi Shastri, coach of the Indian cricket team, during a team photograph, is photoshopped. The image has been poorly edited by adding a cropped photo of a bottle of Jack Daniels whiskey to it. In the original image tweeted by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), no liquor bottle can be seen under Ravi Shastri’s chair.
Photoshopped image of Kapil Sibal and his wife inside slaughterhouse goes viral
Posted On : Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 11:11 AM
A picture of Congress leader Kapil Sibal and his wife Promila Sibal purportedly posing with butchered animal carcass around them inside a slaughterhouse is going viral. A Facebook user, Vinita Agarwal, has posted this picture on Facebook along with a Hindi caption, "This is the picture of Asia's largest slaughterhouse run by Congress leader Kapil Sibal and his wife Promila, now do not call this a fake" India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found that the viral picture of Kapil Sibal and his wife inside a slaughterhouse is photoshopped. The original picture was first published in The Washington Post in 2007, in an article on a French female butcher, Stephanie Gerbier. This particular viral picture is circulating on social media since 2014.
Sorry Mr Amitabh Bachchan, Nasa doesn't have a rain cloud generator
Posted On : Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:54 AM
Like everybody else in India, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan too is eagerly waiting for rains to calm down the sweltering heat. But longing for a magical solution for rains, he fell for a video which claims that Nasa has developed a rain cloud generator for instant shower. As expected, the video he shared spread like wildfire. And it turns out that the video is old and misleading. India Today's Anti-Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the video has been created by combining clips from two different rocket engine tests by Nasa. It certainly is not a machine to generate rain clouds.
This 50-yr-old bridge in Gujarat that collapsed was not inaugurated by PM Modi
Posted On : Monday, June 24, 2019, 7:06 PM
The West Bengal Congress, in its latest tweet, took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a bridge collapse incident on the Jamnagar-Junagadh Highway. It shared a photo of the collapsed bridge with the claim that it was inaugurated just three months ago by PM Modi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also liked the tweet. India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the viral claim is misleading. The bridge that collapsed in Gujarat was built more than 50 years ago.
Viral Posts Claiming Kolkata NRS Medical College’s Doctor Has Succumbed To Injuries Are False
Posted On : Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:11 PM
Fake posts are being shared on social media claiming injured junior doctor, Paribaha Mukherjee, of Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) Medical College has died after succumbing to his injuries. The fake message is viral with a communal narrative to claim how after a septuagenarian of a minority community died a ‘natural death’, ‘his men’ came and killed a young doctor. Mukherjee sustained grievous injuries in the recent clash between doctors and kin of a deceased patient at NRS medical college in West Bengal.
A women safety helpline dead since 2017 lives on through misleading Facebook posts
Posted On : Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5:29 PM
Facebook posts publicising a helpline number for women travelling alone at night in auto-rickshaws and taxis, are misleading, as the number has been defunct for several years now. The text of the graphic, which includes a photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asks women travelling alone at night in autos and taxis – to send an SMS to the number 9969777888 following which the vehicle will be tracked using GPRS, the message claims. The post refers to an actual helpline created by the Mumbai Police in 2014 but which was shelved in 2017 as it failed to take off, thus making the message redundant and misleading. The number, in fact, no longer exists. The same message was debunked in 2016 by the official Twitter handle of the Delhi Police and by the Bengaluru City Police two years later.
‘1098’ is not a Helpline to pick up the food leftovers
Posted On : Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:57 PM
A WhatsApp message is being shared widely saying that PM Modi has announced a Helpline service- ‘1098’ that picks up the leftover food from functions, parties, homes etc., and feeds the hungry children. But actually, it is a free Tele-helpline launched by CHILDLINE India Foundation(CIF) in 1996 to rescue the street children in distress. Given the extent of spread of this fake message, the CIF has put a notice on its website “childlineindia.org.in” clarifying the public that its helpline is only meant to protect and take care of the street children in distress and have nothing to do with the collection of food leftovers.
Message Announcing Saturdays Off for Banks From 1 June is Fake
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:38 PM
A viral message claims that from 1 June, all banks will be closed on Saturdays. The message further states that the Reserve Bank of India has officially approved a five-day working week for banks and that the timings henceforth will be from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The message reads: "Bank will be remain closed on every Saturday from 1st June | RBI has approved 5 days working for Banks. Timing 9:30 am to 5:30 pm." The viral message circulating on social media is fake. The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) has denied issuing any instructions that commercial banks would have a 5 day week.
Pressing the ‘cancel’ button twice on an ATM does not prevent pin theft
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 5:18 PM
A viral forward claiming that if you press the ‘cancel’ button twice on an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) it can prevent someone from stealing your PIN number, is false. The message, which has been shared on WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, claims it is an advisory from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and further advises people to make it a habit before every transaction.
No, This Is Not A Childhood Photo Of Narendra Modi With His Mother
Posted On : Thursday, June 6, 2019, 4:51 PM
A black and white photograph of a toddler with his mother is viral on social media with the claim that it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s childhood photograph along with his mother Heeraben Modi. The same photograph went viral in 2016 on Facebook with the misleading claim. BOOM performed a Google reverse image search which threw up several news articles that identified the toddler as Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam with his mother Ashiamma Jainulabiddin.