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WhatsApp on Bachchan and Mahindra’s phones disturbs online activists

A bizarre online petition has been initiated requesting Mark Zuckerberg to disable WhatsApp on Amitabh Bachchan’s phone

A petition on Change.org has been kicked off by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s parody account on Twitter by the username ‘RoflGandhi_’ with a view to uninstall WhatsApp from the phones of Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Indian billionaire businessman Anand Mahindra.

The petition states, “A megastar and a renowned industrialist are falling prey to fake news & bizarre content being fed to them via WhatsApp. We need to restore the dignity of two gentlemen. Through this petition, we are requesting Mark Zuckerberg to disable WhatsApp on their numbers.”

The initiative has turned into a top Twitter trend.

The petition comes after a series of fake news, misinformation and insensitive content shared possibly from messages forwarded via WhatsApp by the two personalities. On Sunday, Anand faced backlash after an ‘insensitive’ tweet about masks amid the coronavirus lockdown.

The 64-year-old hoped that an image of a mother and toddler wearing masks made out of leaves would become the most iconic image during the pandemic.

The tweet, which was later deleted by Mahindra, read: “Don’t know who took this and the location but i hope this photo becomes one of the most iconic images and memories of the pandemic. It’s not just about #MaskIndia but also about a greener world. A reminder that nature already provides us with all that we need.”

Comedian Aditi Mittal pointed out that wearing masks made out of leaves is not something which should be celebrated. “Anand, this is NOTHING to be celebrated. There is NO EVIDENCE that wearing a leaf provides ANY kind of protection. They are not doing this environmental awareness, they are doing this because govs (sic) who were supposed to provide them this life saving mask have forsaken them,” Mittal wrote.

Mahindra then accepted his mistake and apologised for his insensitive tweet. “You’re right, I can see how my tweet appeared insensitive to the inequity of the situation. I’ve deleted it,” Mahindra tweeted.

Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan had faced flak on the micro-blogging platform for quoting misinformation that sound vibrations and clapping can ward off coronavirus. This too might have come from WhatsApp.

Not to mention his not-so-funny tweets about bats entering his house, there are several reasons for him being tagged in this petition along with Mahindra.

Amitabh Bachchan is an avid social media user but his posts have often landed the superstar in controversy. A bizarre online petition has been initiated requesting Mark Zuckerberg to disable WhatsApp on Amitabh Bachchan’s phone. It has received support from 1,300 people. The description for the petition reads that the megastar has been falling prey to fake news and this move has been started to restore his dignity.

According to sources, Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had dismissed the claim at a press conference. And Big B reportedly ended up deleting yet another post.

Apart from interacting with followers in the digital world, Big B shared the books that are keeping him occupied during lockdown. Taking to Instagram, the veteran actor had shared that he is busy reading ‘Talking to my Daughter’ by Yanis Varoufakis and ‘The Anarchy’ by William Dalrymple.

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