Despite a Clarification, Army Chief’s Fake Quote Shared on FB
Despite a clarification by the Army earlier, fake quote of Gen Bipin Rawat was shared on a Facebook page yet again.
A fake quote attributed to India’s Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat was shared by a Facebook page I Support Doval which has a massive follower base of over 1.7 million.
The text inscribed along with an image of Rawat stated, “आर्मी चीफ बिपिन रावत जी ने कहा अगर नेता बनना है तो 5 साल पहले देश की सेवा के लिए आर्मी में होना अनिवार्य कर दिया जाए ! यकीन मानिए देश का 80% कचरा अपने आप ही साफ़ हो जायेगा. इनके बातो से कितने लोग सहमत है जो सहमत हैं शेयर करे (Army chief Bipin Rawat said that to become a leader, it should be made mandatory to serve the country in the army for 5 years. Believe it or not, 80 percent of India’s garbage will be cleared automatically. How many people agree with his statement? Share this, if you do)
The post has been shared more than 3000 times and ‘liked’ more than 6000 times at the time of writing.
The above image had been shared in the past as well and in response to this, the Indian Army had clarified through their social media channels on 11 September 2018, that the statement being circulated was false.
It was stated that some anti-social elements had circulated a false statement attributed to General Bipin Rawat. This fake quote was once again shared on social media on 16 September 2018, despite the earlier clarification.
It has been observed repeatedly that fake quotes attributed to public figures are routinely circulated by Facebook pages as part of a political propaganda. Users are advised to be circumspect and verify any statement/claim that they may come across on social media.
(This article was first published on AltNews and has been republished with permission.)
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