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Fact-Check: The viral tweet attributed to Shefali Vaidya is false

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: October 17, 2020

New Delhi (Vishvas News): Vishvas News found a tweet attributed to the Columnist Shefali Vaidya being widely shared over various platforms on the internet, claiming that she showed her outrage against the controversial Tanishq ad in her tweet. In its investigation, Vishvas News found that the viral tweet is fake and that Shefali Vaidya did not tweet it on her profile.

Claim:
Facebook Page, ‘Muslims of India’ shared the morphed tweet of Shefali Vaidya, where the tweet said, “Last year ,I bought “Luminous gold
neckwear set” of INR 112484price from @TanishqJewelry that was my life worst decision. I gonna sell this “Jihadi” brand in any local store
because I don’t want such Hinduphobic brand in my home.
#BoycottTanishq

With this said tweet was another picture of the jewellery stating that it was avaialble on at an online shopping website for just 199 Rs.

Along with the morphed tweet, the page wrote, “What #BoycottTanishq is on Twitter and what it actually is.
From one lakh twelve thousand to 200 rupees.

©️ https://t.co/lGWjgsqRx2

Check the post and its archive version here.

Another Facebook page, Mahua Moitra Fans too shared the image of the tweet and wrote, “Reality of #BoycottTanishq movement. BJP don’t want anyone to promote peace & unity. If the peace is restored in the country, Modi will have to start his first job again.

Check the post and its archive version here.

Another Twitter user, Ayodhya Poul – अयोध्या पौळ पाटील. too shared the same image of the tweet and wrote, “देवा रे देवा!Woman facepalmingRolling on the floor laughing @ShefVaidya जी “कडू”न विकायला काढलेले 112484₹ चे दागिने 199₹ मध्ये मिळत आहेत.Rolling on the floor laughing धन्य हो आप
@narendramodi जी जो एैसे महान कार्यकर्तावों को संभालते हो। @SardesaiVarun @Raja_Africa @AnaghaAcharya @kundanAvhad19 @real230799 @shwetasuryava19 @PomaneSpeaks

Check the entire post and its archive version here.

Investigation:
Jewellery brand Tanishq pulled its latest ad featuring a Hindu woman and her Muslim mother-in-law off all online platforms after a backlash on social media, which saw #BoycottTanishq trending on Twitter. Amidst the Tanishq row, one image that went viral included an image of a tweet attributed to columnist Shefali Vaidya.

Vishvas News in the first step of its investigation checked the Twitter profile of the columnist Shefali Vaidya to verify if she had posted the said content on her twitter profile that the viral tweet said. We did not find the tweet attributed to her on her Twitter Profile.

Later we checked the image of the tweet that was being widely shared over various social networking websites.

When Vishvas News checked the image of the tweet, we found that the letters of username of Shefali Vaidya had been cut from the bottom, the ‘@’ and ‘Y’ in the name can be noticed prominently.

We checked the Facebook profile of Shefali Vaidya where she had called out the fake image being widely circulated.

She had called out the image of the fake tweet on Twitter too.

In the last step of investigation Vishvas News reached out to Shefali Vaidya. Talking to Vishvas News she said, “The image of the tweet being attributed to me is fake. Those who follow me would know that my English is better than what is being used in the tweet. Also, this is not the first time such things have happened with me. However, in the end the truth prevails.”

In the end we did the social scanning of the profile that shared it, the page, ‘Muslims of India’ is followed by 37,004 people and 31,791 have liked this page.

Conclusion: Vishvas News in its investigation found that the tweet attributed to Shefali Vaidya is morphed. She had not shared the tweet as per the claims.

  • Claim Review : What #BoycottTanishq is on Twitter and what it actually is. From one lakh twelve thousand to 200 rupees.
  • Claimed By : Muslims of India
  • Fact Check : False
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