Updated: September 5, 2021 10:50:56 am
Social media is filled with rich information, but one can easily fall prey to the perils of fake news.
Now, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons Ratan Tata has debunked a statement attributed to him on the sale of liquor using Aadhaar cards. The business tycoon has flagged it saying it is “fake”, and clarified that it was not said by him.
The statement, which is widely being shared online along with his picture, read: “Liquor sales should be sold through Aadhaar card. Government food subsidies should be stopped for alcohol buyers. Those who have the facility to buy alcohol can definitely buy food. When we give them free food they buy alcohol.”
Taking to Instagram, the 83-year-old industrialist clarified, “This was not said by me. Thank you.”
This isn’t a one-off case. Earlier, Mahindra Group’s Chairman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to bust a similar claim.
A photo quote doing the rounds on the Internet claimed Mahindra had said: “Stockmarket trading should be made compulsory in middle school education”.
Mahindra admitted he was flattered that people believed his statements were quotable, but added, “The downside is wrongly attributed quotes!”
I’m flattered that some believe my statements are quotable & I’ve always believed in the power of social media to democratise information & share knowledge. But the downside is wrongly attributed quotes! I’ll do my best to call them out whenever possible… pic.twitter.com/2D3XrD4GpH
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) September 2, 2021
Adding that he strongly believes “in the power of social media to democratise information & share knowledge”, Mahindra said he would always try his best to fight misinformation.
As both Tata and Mahindra have a vast following on social media, also having the power to influence, netizens were glad the duo corrected the viral posts.
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