Ratan Tata took to Twitter on Sunday to call out a viral quote on the COVID-19 crisis, falsely attributed to him. The viral message claimed the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons said '2020 is the year to survive, don't worry about profits and losses'.
Ratan Tata - a favourite topic among the fake news brigade in India to attribute fictional inspirational quotes to - wrote that he would 'endeavour to call out fake news' and encouraged people to verify news sources.
"My picture alongside a quote does not guarantee me having said it, a problem that many people face," he added.
I'm afraid this too, has not been said by me. I will endeavour to call out fake news whenever I can, but would encourage you to always verify news sources. My picture alongside a quote does not guarantee me having said it, a problem that many people face. pic.twitter.com/pk0S75FxPA— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) May 3, 2020
The message doing the rounds on social media is in the form of a single column news report. With a dateline of Jamshedpur, the screenshot does not carry the name of any news agency or newspaper.
The headline of the report reads '2020 is the year to survive, don't worry about profits and losses' with the slug reading 'Ratan Tata's Message'.
The screenshot reads 'For business professionals, Ratan Tata has issued a short message. He has motivated businessmen and industrialists in his message. In his short message, Ratan Tata has said, my friend from the business field, remember that 2020 is the year to survive. You shouldn't worry about profits and losses this year. Don't talk about plans and dreams too. The most important thing this year is to keep yourself alive. To stay alive is a profit'.
The message has been also shared from several Facebook pages and Twitter handles.
This is not the first time that a fake quote has been attributed to Ratan Tata. Another similar message that was linked to Tata was a motivational quote suggesting that Indian economy will bounce back quickly after the Coronavirus outbreak. BOOM had debunked this claim earlier.
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