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Misleading Tweets Circulate Old Incident to Target Karnataka Government

In the age of social media, misinformation spreads like wildfire, often leading to confusion and target Karnataka Government. Recently, a video started circulating on various social media platforms, claiming that the Karnataka Chief Minister mistreated the Santosh Trophy winner team. This incident sparked outrage and criticism online. However, a closer examination reveals that these claims are based on an outdated incident, highlighting the prevalence of misleading information on the internet. In this blog, we will delve into the incident, expose the misleading tweets, explore the fact-checking process conducted by D-Intent, and shed light on the true intentions behind the incident.

The Incident: 

A video has been making rounds on social media, portraying an alleged mistreatment of the Santosh Trophy winners by the Karnataka Chief Minister. The video suggests that the Chief Minister kept the players waiting and later felicitated them on the footpath. However, it is crucial to note that this incident actually took place three months ago, during the tenure of the former Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The champion team was given a time slot of 15 minutes, during which they stood outside the CM’s residence for over an hour. This incident has no connection to the current Chief Minister or the present state government.

Misleading Tweets:Ā 

Several tweets started circulating on social media, spreading false information and erroneously implicating the current Chief Minister of Karnataka. Let’s take a closer look at some of these misleading tweets:

  1. Somashekar2054 tweeted about the mistreatment of the Santosh Trophy winners, implying that the current Chief Minister was responsible for their ordeal. The tweet gained significant traction, contributing to the rapid spread of misinformation. Archived link
  2. AmitLeliSlayer also shared a tweet condemning the alleged mistreatment and falsely implicating the current Chief Minister. This tweet further fueled the growing narrative without considering the actual timeline of events. Archived link
  3. Sight_Bangalore shared a tweet expressing outrage over the treatment of the Santosh Trophy winners, incorrectly attributing blame to the new Chief Minister. This tweet garnered attention, amplifying the spread of misinformation. Archived link
  4. NeerajRoy8 tweeted about the incident, highlighting the mistreatment of the football champions and accusing the current Chief Minister. This tweet further perpetuated the false narrative surrounding the incident. Archived link

Fact Checking by D-Intent: 

To combat the spread of misinformation, fact-checking organizations play a vital role in examining claims and verifying their accuracy. D-Intent, a renowned fact-checking platform, conducted a thorough investigation into the incident and identified the misleading nature of the tweets. They revealed that the incident took place three months ago when Basavaraj Bommai was the Chief Minister. The current Chief Minister has no involvement in this incident whatsoever.

D-Intent also provided evidence to support their findings, such as an article published by IB Times, which reported the incident when it happened. This article further confirms that the mistreatment occurred during the tenure of the previous Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai. Archived link

Intent Behind the Incident: Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that the circulation of this old incident with false attributions to the current Chief Minister is driven by a specific intent. It is worth noting that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently lost the assembly election in Karnataka. Frustrated by their defeat, some members of the BJP IT cell seem to be spreading old news as recent, attempting to tarnish the image of the current state government to target Karnataka Government. Ironically, they are inadvertently targeting their own party’s leaders in the process.

Conclusion: 

The circulation of misleading tweets and videos is a common occurrence in today’s digital landscape. This incident involving the mistreatment of the Santosh Trophy winners has been falsely attributed to the current Chief Minister of Karnataka, whereas it actually transpired under the previous Chief Minister’s tenure. Fact-checking organizations like D-Intent play a crucial role in debunking false information and ensuring accurate reporting. It is important for social media users to verify the authenticity of information before spreading it further. In this case, the intent behind circulating this old incident appears to be driven by political target Karnataka Government rather than a genuine concern for justice.

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