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Fact Check: No, you can’t remove Corona caller tune from your phone, viral post is fake

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: November 20, 2020

By Vishvas News

New Delhi (Vishvas News). A viral post on social media claims that by following few simple steps you can remove the Corona caller tune from your phone. Vishvas News found the viral claim to be false.

Claim

Twitter user “Mᴏʜᴅ Kᴀsʜɪғ ᴋʜᴀɴ” has shared the post which says – To remove Corona caller tune for Airtel dial 646224# and press 1, for BSNL send “UNSUB” to 56700 or 56799, For Vodafone send “CANCT” to 144 and Jio users can send “STOP” to 155223 to remove Corona caller tune.

The archived version of the post can be seen here.

Vishvas News also got this post with a fact-checking request on its Whatsapp chatbot (9599299372).

Investigation

To check the claim in the viral post, we started our investigation by checking the official websites of Airtel, BSNL, Vodafone, and Jio, but we didn’t find any instructions about the removal of the Corona caller tune.

We dialed 646224# from an Airtel number but received the message saying – plz dial a correct string. On the other hand, when we sent “STOP” to 155223 from a Jio number, we received a message to deactivate the Jio tunes services, but this doesn’t result in the removal of the Corona caller tune.

Vishvas News contacted Airtel customer care executive Irfaan who told us that this caller tune has been applied as per the direction of the government and we don’t have the orders to remove this tune. So, for the time being, we cannot remove this caller tune, even by following the instructions given in the viral post.

We also contacted Jio customer care executive Almaas who confirmed that the viral post is fake. Users cannot remove the corona caller tune as this has been applied as per the directions of the government.

Twitter user Mᴏʜᴅ Kᴀsʜɪғ ᴋʜᴀɴ is one among the many users who had shared the viral post and social scanning of the user revealed that he is a resident of Lucknow, UP.

Conclusion: The viral post claiming users can remove corona caller tune is fake. Users cannot remove the corona caller tune.

  • Claim Review : By following the given instructions, the user can remove the coronal caller tune from the phone
  • Claimed By : Twitter user: Mᴏʜᴅ Kᴀsʜɪғ ᴋʜᴀɴ
  • Fact Check : False
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