Claim: Several users on social media like Twitter and Facebook are circulating a misinformation that that Indian multinational conglomerate, the Tata group, recently launched its shopping website called tatacliq.com.
Not only this but also that this Indian website urges people to use Tatacliq only instead of Chinese websites or Amazon. This post comes amidst the current times when the world is battling against corona virus pandemic, which originated in China.
Users were quick to promote TataCliq and bash other websites. One tweet said “#tatagroup have launched its shopping site http://tatacliq.com Please use this one instead of #Amazon or other Chinese shopping site. #TataCLiQ”
TATA LAUNCH ITS SHOPPING SITE. PLEASE USE THIS ONE INSTEAD OF AMAZON OR OTHER CHINESE SHOPPING SITE. SUPPORT INDIAN COMPANIES/PRODUCTS 🙏
SHARE IT MAX
— Hungry Heart !! (@aorak18) April 27, 2020
The tweet has been archived here.
People started urging others to use this Indian shopping sites and stop supporting Chinese websites by shopping from them.
The same was happening on Facebook.
The post is archived here.
The above claims are misleading. This website was not made in the year 2020.
Tata Cliq is an old website made in 2016. The site serves as a shopping website but it was not launched in India with any intentions of battling against the Chinese websites because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Even news reports from The Economic Times mentions about the launch of this website in 2016. The report says “India’s biggest conglomerate Tata Group launched an e-commerce venture on Friday, as it seeks to cash in on rising purchasing power in a market dominated by deep-pocketed international retailers and startups backed by global tech investors.The group said it developed its Tata Cliq website over a year-and-a-half at a cost of “several hundred million dollars” to be a marketplace for in-house and partner companies to sell apparel and electronics.”