Since a temporary issue with WhatsApp yesterday, many old fake messages are viral.

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Since the real issue of many social media platforms yesterday, few old WhatsApp hoax messages are viral.  One claims Gov. has declared WhatsApp will remain shut from 11:30 PM to 6:00 AM, another claims Gov. & Police is reading our WA Messages and may come to arrest, and third one claims WhatsApp has been sold to Reliance.


First Viral Message

“What’s app will b off From 11.30pm to 6:00 am daily Declared by central govt.
Message from narendra modi (PM) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. DO NOT ignore my words or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 499.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are
working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your
cooperation from the modi team. WhatsApp is going to cost you money soon. The only way that it will stay
free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 50 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo will change color.
send this to 8 people to activate the new whatsapp..
Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (🔵) and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp will activate billing.<
ITS TRUE …… U get blue TICKS”

 

Second Viral Message

कल से नये communication नियम लागु होने वाले है :-
1.सभी call recording होंगे
2.सभी call recording saved होंगे
3.Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, और सभी Social media सभी monitored होंगे
4.जो ये नहीं जानते उन सभी को इत्तला (inform) कर दीजिये
5.आपकी Devices को मन्त्रालय systems से जोड दिया जायेगा
6.ध्यान दीजिये कोई भी गलत message किसी को भी मत भेजिये
7.अपने बच्चों, भाइयों, रिश्तेदारो, दोस्तों,परिचितो,सभी को इत्तला (inform) कर दो कि इन सबसे ध्यान रखे और social sites को संयम से चलाये
8.कोई post या video..आदि जो आप recieve करते हो राजनीति या वर्तमान स्थिति पर सरकार या प्रधानमंत्री के खिलाफ
उसे Send मत करो
9.इस समय किसी राजनीतिक या धार्मिक मुद्दे पर कोई Message लिखना या भेजना अपराध है …..ऐसा करने पर बिना वारंट के गिरफ़्तारी हो सकती है |
10.Police एक नोटिफ़िकेशन निकालेगी ….फ़िर Cyber अपराध… फ़िर action लिया जायेगा
11.यह बहुत ही गम्भीर है
please आप सभी, group members, admins ,…इस विषय पर गहराइ से सोचिये
12.ध्यान रखिये कोई गलत Message मत भेजिये
और सभी को इत्तला (inform) करिये और इस विषय पर ध्यान रखे
13.Please इसे share कीजिये… यह सच है
Groups ज्यादा सतर्क व साव्धान रहे |

Third Viral Message

Good news ✅ FINAL NOTICE
“Dont ignore please read it carefully” Hello, I. Am VARUN PULYANI director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have sold whatsapp to Mukesh Ambani . Reliance for 19 billion $. WhatsApp is now controlled by mukesh Ambani . If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and logo of your whatsapp will change to a new icon with facebook’s “f” within 24 hours.Forward this message to more than 10 people to activate your new whatsapp with facebook services or else your account will be deleted from new servers.
This is the final notice! Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from November 2017. If you send this string to 18 different on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you. If you do not believe me see tomorrow at 6 pm ending WhatsApp and have to pay to open it, this is by law This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking you to help us solve this problem. We require our active users to forward this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp will then start to charge you. Your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp ) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team” WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn blue to connect your whatsaap with facebook log in here http://updateyourself.wapka.mobiForward this message to More than 25 WhatsApp contacts.
Company promoting there websiteGet Rs.497.54 talktime. Its true.
Watch in today Times of India newspaper. Page 7.
Check your balance after 10min

Fourth Viral Message

Dear whatsapp users,
Due to some inconvience in satellite connection with our networks.whatsapp is banned for a week.where you could not download vedios,images,voice records & your status.please forward this messeng to all your friends, groups & make sure its a problem with the whatsapp not with any of the respective networks.
Thank you
–Google.

Truth

These all messages are merely hoax, few are old viral again, people trying to create panic just for fun using  the fact that because of yesterday’s WhatsApp small downtime people will believe in it which they did.

Yesterday night many issues happened suddenly with many popular Social Media Platforms

WhatsApp – Although Text messaging was working but people were not able to download media

Facebook – People couldn’t share or post

Facebook, which also owns WhatsApp clarified

Twitter – People couldn’t send DM (Direct Message)

Twitter clarified –

Truth of First Viral Message

SMHoaxSlayer debunked the most viral message, the first on 3 years ago i.e. Sep 2016

 

 

Truth of Second Viral Message

About 2nd Viral message claiming Government and Police is reading our WhatsApp messages and may come to arrest us, we debunked this 2 years ago, May 2017

Then News Channel Aajtak also cleared this in their Fact checking program but someone took photo of a screen and made it viral which added up credibility of Aajtak logo misleading people to believe in it as a news

 

Truth of Third Viral Message

This was also viral 3 years ago, in Year 2016. The site mention in it is down. This actually was not just a Hoax but a scam as they earned from the traffic to their website, showing advertisements.

 

Dear wapmasters,
Thanks for your company and support on Wapka in the past! You are the soul of Wapka. But all good things must come an end.
Now we have to shut down the service, really sorry!
Wish you all the best! Thanks again!

Leading NewsPaper Deccan Chronicle cleared it in 2016 –

For those who have not heard of this, please do not panic. This is a hoax message and a scam. If you have received this message from a friend, please do not click on the link inside the message and please do not forward this message ahead. Please also educate your friend who has sent it to you and explain that he is helping spread a rumour and could end up infecting his and his contact’s phones with malware.

The above hoax message is not new. The message was circulated around in 2014-2015 with the name of the ‘director of WhatsApp’ changed according to the country it is circulated within. Internationally, the ‘director of WhatsApp’ in the hoax message featured as ‘Sam’, ‘Jim Balsamic’ and many such names, which helps it look genuine. With the rise of Reliance Jio in India, it’s no surprise that people could still fall for these hoaxes, scam messages.

Please do not click on any links within such suspicious messages and do not forward them ahead. If you find such messages coming from your friends, whom you would trust, make sure you do a little research online before you click on any links within. The links could be harmful and infect your smartphone with malware. Your private data could be at risk.

 

Truth of Fourth Viral Message

How can Google give out this message when it doesn’t own WhatsApp. It’s owned by Facebook, Also check the errors in spellings and grammar – “vedios“, “messeng”, “inconvience”

 

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