Prominent far-left social media users are being forced to quickly retract on the fake news they were spreading around how a Tanishq store had been attacked in Gujarat.
Swara Bhasker and Faye D’Souza have deleted their posts around how a Tanishq showroom was attacked in Gujarat because the company had uploaded an ad that promoted love jihad. After NDTV had spread the rumour through at tweet at around 12:30, Swara Bhasker had tweeted: “Just WOW!!!!!!! ‘But we are tolerant people.’ Maybe (sic) no one should have a spine in this country!! Looks like Tanishq was right in its fears!!! Shameful!!,” while sharing NDTV’s tweet.
Faye D’Souza had also shared a similar post on her Instagram page, while crediting NDTV for the news.
The news had quickly taken a life of its own. Twitter user Punn_Star, who has 1.15 lakh followers, began claiming that the manager at the store had been beaten up by goons. “Goons beat up the manager at a Tanishq showroom for a secular ad. All the more moronic that it happened in a place called Gandhidham,” he tweeted.
As it turns out, the entire episode was based on a lie. Social media user The Skin Doctor called up the store in question, and the manager categorically told him that the store had not been attacked.
A little later, a police official had reached the concerned Tanishq store, and had said that no such incident had taken place, and there had been no attack. He also invited the media to talk to the store manager.
Soon after, NDTV had quietly changed its article, saying that the store had received “threat calls”, and removed references to the store being attacked. At this point, Swara Bhasker deleted her tweet in which she’d hyperventilated over the fake news.
Faye D’Souza also deleted her Instagram post, and instead posted a new post with the police’s version. ” I’m taking down the previous post about the store being attacked, in light of the police clarification,” she wrote.
Social media user Punn_Star, who had gone a step further to make up the fact that a store manager had been beaten up by goons, went ahead and deactivated his twitter account altogether after user @BefittingFacts tagged the Gujarat Police asking them to confirm his claim.
As of writing, the Twitter and Instagram accounts of Pun_Starr are deactivated.
Far-left extremists have, for years, spread such fake news with impunity and without repercussions. With Indians now being a lot more alert on social media, their lies are being caught — and they’re being forced to retract on their falsehoods.