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‘Delay Vijay Mallya’s Extradition, Says Kapil Sibal’: Satire Website’s Quotes Go Viral

‘Delay Vijay Mallya’s Extradition, Says Kapil Sibal’: Satire Website’s Quotes Go Viral

Kapil Sibal became the latest victim of the fake news epidemic, as a satirical article on him was misunderstood by many as real.

Vijay Mallya Kapil Sibal, satirical quote

An imaginary quote attributed to Congress leader Kapil Sibal by a satire website has gone viral on social media. Facebook users have shared the quote claiming that Kapil Sibal has filed a petition in the UK court defending fugitive Vijay Mallya.

“Do not send (Vijay) Mallya to India. It will influence the (upcoming) elections,” claims the imaginary quote.

माल्या को अभी इंडिया मत भेजो,चुनाव पर असर पडे़गा-कपिल सिब्बल की लंदन कोर्ट में अर्ज़ी.

Posted by मिथिलेश माधव on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

पूरी तरह नंगी हुई #कांग्रेस पार्टीमाल्या को अभी इंडिया मत भेजो, चुनाव पर असर पडे़गाकपिल सिब्बल की लंदन कोर्ट में अर्ज़ी

Posted by निलेश पान्डे on Thursday, February 7, 2019
Facebook Screenshot Kapil Sibal Vijay Mallya

Following a quick Google search of the quote, we found that it originated from a satirical news website called Faking News.

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Screenshot of the original article by Faking News

Faking News has very explicitly mentioned in a disclaimer, that the content on their website is a work of fiction and should not be considered as “news report”.

Screenshot of the homepage of Faking News with the disclaimer.

However, the posts made by the Facebook users and pages did not disclose this information.

Quite a few people were duped, as they vented out their opinions through comments.

Screenshot of the comments on the post made by the “नरेंद्र मोदी” page

Some even shared the original article by Faking News, oblivious to the fact that it was satirical.

This comes a day after British Home Secretary Sajid Javid approved the extradition of fugitive and former billionaire Vijay Mallya back to India. Mallya was given 14 days to appeal his extradition order.

This incident has been seen as a big win for the Modi government ahead of the upcoming elections this summer.

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Claim Review : Kapil Sibal Moved British Court Against Mallya's Extradition

Fact Check : FALSE

Archis is a fact-checker and reporter at BOOM. He has previously worked as a journalist for broadsheet newspapers and in communications for a social start-up incubator. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris and a Master's in Media and Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam.

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