A post from social media-based news page “ABC Plus News” went viral, claiming 87% of Indians will be diagnosed with cancer by the year 2025, due to adulterated milk in the bag. This news was associated with the World Health Organization (WHO).
(Screenshot from Facebook post)
(English translation of the post)
This claim was shared immensely on other social media platforms. It spread like fire on social media, leaving people wondering.
(Social media spread of the claim)
In order to check the claim, we searched for keywords “Indians will get cancer by milk” and found a clarification by the World Health Organization (WHO) denying the claim.
(Screenshot from WHO website)
Our fact-check confirmed that WHO has not issued any advisory to the Indian government on adulteration of milk products. The rumors were spread to mislead the masses.
ABCDE Framework-Based Analysis
|Actor||An independent Indian news outlet is involved in spreading disinformation.|
|Behavior||A bogus claim was shared on social media and associated with the World Health Organization.|
|Content||Social media posts.|
|Degree||The target audience of this disinformation is the general public of India. The shared claim was not authentic. The World Health Organization’s name was attributed with the news to gain attention and validation.|
|Effect||The post was an attempt to mislead the public and create panic. The news got attention of social media users in no time and the post was shared mainly across the social media platforms.|