Abdul Kalam, Abdul Kalam death, Abdul Kalam passed way and other similar key words were among the top 20 searches on Google Trends India on Tuesday after a false rumour that the former president had passed away.
Kalam was also one of the top Twitter trends, which made its way to other social networking services.
It was A P J Abdul Kalam’s advisor, Dr Hafiz Saleh Muhammad Alladin, who died on Monday night at the age of 80. It seems that some people mistook the news for the former president’s death.
Actaul News as follows:
Is Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam Dead or Advisor Dead
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our ex-president Dr.Abdulkalam Advisor Deasd in Kovai Military Hospital Due to Heart attack
“Kalam” was one of the top Twitter trends Tuesday afternoon, all because of a false rumour circulating about former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s death. “Abdul kalam” and “abdul kalam latest news” were also the top two most searched for keywords on Google India.
In fact, Dr Hafiz Saleh Muhammad Alladin, a renowned astronomer and educational advisor to the former President, passed away on Monday following a brief illness. Some people confused the news for APJ Abdul Kalam’s death and Twitter was flooded with tweets about his death and also those rebuffing the news.
A tweet from author Shobha De, paying homage to Kalam, further fanned fire. De later deleted the tweet and posted an apology for the gaffe. Apparently the story about Kalam’s death started as an SMS and then made its way to Twitter and other social networking services.