Spreading Hatred In The Name Of Celebrities: Farhan Akhtar, Swara Bhaskar & Nana Patekar Targeted

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January 31st, 2018 / 4:57 PM

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There have been many instances of fake news being spread on social media in the name of celebrities. Recently, Farhan Akhtar, Swara Bhaskar, Prakash Raj, among others, were used as pawns to spread false propaganda.


Farhan Akhtar

Recently, Bollywood actor and producer Farhan Akhtar faced backlash after a statement by him on Kasganj violence went viral. There were several posts claiming Akhtar said this: 


The fake news posted by a fake news platform Post Card News. The post has now been deleted.

The post was widespread on social media with some describing Akhtar as a ‘jihadi’. When several criticisms were flaked at him, he took to Twitter for clarification, saying it was a malicious statement that he did not make.

Gaurav Pradhan, a repeated offender of spreading fake news, tweeted the false statement created by Postcard News which is infamous for spreading fake news



Nana Patekar

Actor and writer Nana Patekar was quoted in a fake news saying:



Contrary to this, Patekar has been vocal in his support for ‘Padmaavat’. He condemned the violent threats issued by fringe groups to filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and actress Deepika Padukone.

Another Facebook post quoted him saying, “Modij, a surgical strike should happen inside India also as there are too many anti-national people.”



However, the veteran actor never said these words. The statement was a diversion tactic that used Patekar’s popularity to spread fake propaganda.


The Khans of Bollywood

There was a fake news claiming that the three Khans of Bollywood – Amir, Shah Rukh, and Salman – refused to meet Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu because he is a Jew. Some people on social media came out in support of the actors, claiming that Netanyahu’s religion was not the Khans’ actual concern, but the real reason for the refusal was their hesitance to meet a Prime Minister who was accused of war crimes.



Neither of the actors refused to meet PM Netanyahu for his religious inclination.


Javed Akhtar

A fake news quoted lyricist Javed Akhtar as saying, “If Hindus had the power to defeat Muslims, Padmavati wouldn’t need to commit Jauhar. But for 1,100 years, Hindus have been slaves to Muslims and still are.”



However, Akhtar never made the above statement.


Prakash Raj

The fake news on actor Prakash Raj quoted him saying, “Hindus have been wiped out from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Kashmir. They never sought revenge from Muslims. They silently embraced death. All Hindus should learn secularism, and tolerance from those Hindus”.

Prakash Raj tweeted that the people spreading these type of news are frustrated and desperate.


Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar, Bollywood actress and columnist, also became a victim of fake news which quoted her saying:



She tweeted that the news was a blatant lie, severely condemned it.




Creating or sharing fake news is never justified. We have a responsibility to verify everything that we post on the internet. To ensure that our national debate is healthy and well-informed, each and every one of us has a responsibility of treating what we read with a pinch of salt, a spoonful of doubt, and a flood of research.


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