Fact Checked: Modi govt shutting down WhatsApp from 11:30 pm to 6:00 is a hoax!

After Whatsapp worldwide outage on Wednesday, a post/video started circulating on Facebook that WhatsApp will be off from 11:30 pm to 6:00 am daily.

The message also warns people to become ‘active’ WhatsApp users by forwarding the news to their contacts or else their accounts will be invalid within next 48 hours. In case an account is “deleted”, a user would need to pay a monthly bill of Rs 499 to reuse the services, claims the message.

Here’s the complete claim;

What’s app will b off from 11.30pm to 6:00 am daily. Declared by central govt. Message from narendra modi (PM) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. DO NOT ignore my words or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 499.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the modi team. WhatsApp is going to cost you money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 50 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo will change color. Send this to 8 people to activate the new whatsapp. Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (🔵) and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp will activate billing. ITS TRUE …… U get blue TICKS

FACT CHECK

When NewsMobile fact-checked the viral picture, we found it to be FAKE.

Facebook has officially tweeted a couple of times on Wednesday’s outage issue. It first tweeted that it is aware of the issue and later, tweeted that it resolved the issue.

The most popular social media apps in the world, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp were all crashed on Wednesday evening (July 3).

The glitch may have sparked the rumours. Facebook, however, tweeted in the early hours of July 4 that the issue has been resolved.

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