The curious case of S Gurumurthy and Hoaxes

Almost everyone on social media has fallen for hoaxes and fake news at some time or the other and ended up sharing it further. There are some who fall more often than others. Alt News brings you the interesting case of S. Gurumurthy, co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch.

BJP president Amit Shah with S. Gurumurthy, co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, at the Devendrakula Velalar conference in Madurai
BJP president Amit Shah with S. Gurumurthy, co-convenor, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, at the Devendrakula Velalar conference in Madurai [Courtesy Hindu]
Mr. Gurumurthy has repeatedly fallen for misinformation. Here are a few examples:

1. Sharing the news that Angola has become the first country to ban Islam, Gurumurthy wondered about how liberals will react. Little did he realize that he was sharing a hoax. You can read more about it in this BBC article.

2. Gurumurthy played the classic “If true” trick while sharing an edited video of Rahul Gandhi. “Listen and think for yourself”, he tweeted Gurumurthy while sharing a video of the Congress President. The video was clearly doctored.

The video was originally shared by @superlonday as a joke.

3. Gurumurthy was among those who fell for the ‘nano chip in the 2000 rupee note’ hoax.

4. Gurumurthy has even shared misinformation about music composer AR Rahman. “Just read and share” he tweeted, along with a poster which had a photo of AR Rahman and a fake quotation. The fact that the poster was shared by Postcard News, a known peddler of fake news escaped his notice.

You can read the fact-check by SMHoaxSlayer on this fake news here

5. The Onion is a satirical news website, but Gurumurthy probably took it in all seriousness when he tweeted a link to an article which was titled “Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks.”

From GPS chip in Rs 2000 note to Postcard News memes, it is ironical that one of the most regarded right-wing ideologues and prolific political and economic commentators repeatedly falls for the most obvious hoaxes.

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