Jack Ma never said 2020 is the year of just staying alive

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A post claims that the English teacher-turned-billionaire Jack Ma of Alibaba Group has said that 2020 is not the year of thinking about your dreams or plans, but just to ensure that you stay alive. The so-called quote, along with Ma’s picture, is going viral on social media.

The post reads: “For people in business, 2020 is really just a year for staying alive. Don’t even talk about your dreams or plans. Just make sure you stay alive. If you can stay alive, then you would have made a profit already.”




With keyword search on Google that led us to the same claim was being shared in some other countries too. A fact-check organization from Indonesia has debunked it through an official quote from Alibaba Group.

Dian Safitri, Alibaba Group’s director of corporate affairs fro Indonesia, clarified to Indonesian fact-checker ‘TempFakta Cek team” that the quote about 2020 being just a year for staying alive did not come from Ma. Dian said, “There is no record that Jack Ma ever delivered the message.”

Read it here “TempFakta Cek Team

Jack Ma joined Twitter only on March 16. According to the report, Jack Ma also never mentioned that 2020 is just a year of survival. Based on an advanced search on the @JackMa account on Twitter with the keyword “2020 staying alive”, it was stated that “nothing appeared for that search”.

This confirms that the viral quote falsely linked to Jack Ma.



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Shweta Jamsandekar

An aspiring journalist from Symbiosis institute of media and communication.