RIP Pranab Mukherjee trends on twitter, even noted journalists fell for this fake news.

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On 13th August the unverified news of the demise of the former president Dr. Pranab Mukherjee due to Covid19 went viral social media. A hashtag #ripPranabMukherjee started trending on thursday morning and rised to number one the twitter trending hashtag list.

Twitter

The rumours of the demise of the former president of India went viral and many journalist also tweeted this unverified news on their twitter account. Rajdeep Sardesai the consulting editor of India Today tweeted that “Breaking: Former president Pranab Mukherjee has passed away.. farewell Pranab da.. many many fond memories of a dyed in the wool true Indira generation politician who lived and breathed politics..”

Many other journalists and popular accounts tweeted the unverified viral news.

The trends24 website shows that the #ripPranabMukherjee was actually trending on twitter.

Facebook

The rumors spread quickly on Facebook as people started sharing the rumor like this page

RIP PRANAB MUKHERJEE

Posted by AAP – Shivajinagar BNG on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Truth

The news of the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee was found to be a fake news as clarified by his son.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10 according to media reports. Mukherjee tweeted about contracting the virus.

Pranab Mukherjee’s son cleared the air about his father’s health. He dismissed the rumours by refuting claims of demise of his father. He tweeted Abhijit Mukherjee who took to Twitter to clarify, “My Father Shri Pranab Mukherjee is still alive & haemodynamically stable! Speculations & fake news being circulated by reputed Journalists on social media clearly reflects that Media in India has become a factory of Fake News.”

Also Clarified by his daughter

 

Journalists and popular personalities deleted their tweets apologizing to the common people.

Pranab Mukherjee is currently recovering after brain surgery at New Delhi’s Army Research and Referral hospital. “The condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee remains unchanged this morning. He is deeply comatose with stable vital parameters and continues to be on ventilatory support: Army Research & Referral (R&R) Hospital, Delhi,” tweeted ANI.

 


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Harsh Kashiv

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