The internet space is growing by leaps and bounds, and chances of circulating fake stories have also been high. Throughout the year, many fake stories captured the audience’s attention. People had almost no idea that these stories are just a work of fiction and are created in order to get the maximum number of shares and views. Let us throw light on the most viral fake stories of 2017, which almost left us in splits.
A fake image of a Rs 200 note, revealing all talked about security features went viral.
The wedding invite
After the Virushka wedding went on to become a crazy phenomenon on the internet, someone decided to create a fake wedding invitation for Mukesh Ambani’s son – Akash Ambani. The clip went viral and Reliance Industries Ltd. had to come out with an official clarification.
The illuminating Indian subcontinent
A photograph of an illuminated map of the Indian subcontinent in the night claiming that it was clicked on Diwali went viral. Though it turned out that the image had been posted on an astronaut’s Flickr account nearly a month before Diwali.
The Golden Temple
Another photoshopped picture of a beautifully lit Golden Temple during Diwali went viral.
The G20 summit
A fake photograph of eminent world leaders at the G20 summit went viral and eventually became a popular meme.
The Deer and Cheetahs
This perfectly-timed picture was real, however, the story that the deer sacrificed his life to cheetahs was untrue.
During the Hurricane Harvey in the US, an image of a shark on the streets went viral. It was morphed.
The Cobra with several heads
A fake video of a seven-headed cobra collected millions of views.
The Angelina Jolie lookalike
The Angelina Jolie lookalike turned into a ‘zombie after 50 surgeries’ also turned out to be false.
The image of illuminated monuments
Kiran Bedi was among other celebrities who fell prey to fake stories. She ended up posting fake pictures of monuments lit up in tricolor.