In the world of internet, social media and virtual cobweb, everyone fall victim to the prey of fake news or some of cybercrime. Now, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Thursday become the latest victim of it after he tweeted that former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has passed away at 78.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on April 22 landed up a controversy after he tweeted about the demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. He had expressed condolence on the “demise of veteran BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan.”
In the deleted tweet Tharoor wrote "Saddened to learn of the passing of former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. I remember many positive interactions with her, including when she & the late Sushma Swaraj asked me to lead a Parliamentary delegation to BRICS in Moscow. My condolences to her family and prayers: Om Shanti.”
Tharoor was soon corrected by BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, who informed via Twitter that Mahajan is "hale and hearty” after which Tharoor stated “I wonder what motivates people to invent and spread such evil news that takes in people.”
Lok Sabha Speaker herself reacted to the false news, she stated: "How could news channels run a report on my so-called demise without even cross-checking with the Indore administration? My niece refuted Mr Tharoor on Twitter but what was the urgency in announcing without confirmation?"