Tharoor bats for fact-checking culture on social media
Taking to Twitter, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called out the ecosystem in which such a fact-check is necessary online
After a video of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a nightclub with a woman went viral on social media, senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor called for fact-checking culture on social media.
Many questions were raised about the identity of the woman seen with Rahul in the video, with some claiming that the woman accompanying the Congress party leader was Hou Yanqi, the Chinese Ambassador to Nepal.
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However, the fact-check report by India Todaystating that the claim that Rahul Gandhi was with a Chinese diplomat is fake.
Slamming ‘blatant photoshops’ that go viral on social media, and admitting that he, too, has been a victim to such rumours, Tharoor asked social media sites like Twitter and Facebook if they would consider linking fact-checks to every appearance or repetition of the fake news.
We need a fact-checking culture on social media. would @twitter & @Facebook consider linking fact-checks like this to every appearance or repetition of the fake news? I have been a victim myself of so much disinformation, w/ blatant photoshops going viral. https://t.co/oTnihWqDEN
— Shashi Tharoor (@Shashi Tharoor) May 4, 2022
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