Checking messages on WhatsApp has become the first thing one does in the morning. From sharing funny and cute messages, to photos, audios and videos, the free messaging app has become an integral part of the youth as well as the aged.
However, without cross checking the authenticity and truth behind some messages, many share it with others, and fall prey of 'hoax' news.
Check out some of the hoax viral messages that were shared on WhatsApp:
Two Moons Hoax
The hoax message that was doing the rounds on WhatsApp and other social media platforms said that on 27 August, Mars will appear as large as the full moon.
"On 27th August 2014 there will be two moon. The whole world is waiting for it. On this day Mars will be very bright and like moon everyone can see it with naked eyes. This day it will be 34.65 M Miles away from earth. On this day do not forget to see this at 12.30 night. Because you will see two moons in the sky. This event will happen again in the year 2287. Please share this with all. Because those who are living now cannot see it second time in the year 2287," reads the hoax message.
Imran Khan death hoax
During mid-August, a message on Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's death was circulated on WhatsApp. The message suggested that he was allegedly shot dead, which turned out to be false.
Ebola in India
When the deadly virus Ebola created havoc in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, the government in each country started taking all possible measures from arranging tight security to treating the infected patients to stop the virus from spreading. However, soon after the outbreak made headlines, fake news starting circulating on WhatsApp, which mentioned that the deadly virus had reached Karnataka.
"Ebola reached Karnataka unfortunately!! Infected poor Sreejith – M.Tech, NIT Suratkal, expired today. Please take precautions against this virus and spread awareness".
The hoax message also mentioned that eating tulsi leaves will safeguard from the deadly virus.
No Internet Use on 31/10/2014
In October a message, reportedly from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, started circulating on WhatsApp, asking online users to boycott using Internet for a day, on 31/10/2014, against the increasing rate of Internet charges by private network companies.
Dilip Kumar death hoax
Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar has often fallen victim to death hoax. News of the veteran actor's health and sudden demise started spreading on WhatsApp on November this year, which was soon slammed by Amitabh Bachchan, However, Dilip was earlier also killed by online users in September 2011.
Bangalore Terror Attack
In December this year, a message on an attack targeted on various parts of Bangalore, was doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
"Bangalore is on red alert tomorrow. They suspect terrorist activities in the city," the hoax message stated.
The hoax message also claimed that IT companies like Infosys and Wipro were the prime targets of the terrorists. However, Bangalore police refused the rumours and said there is no such threat perception.
WhatsApp is no more free messaging app hoax
The free messaging app itself has become the victim of various hoax news. In one of the fake news, it was mentioned that the app will not be free, if the users do not circulate a particular message to at least 10 people.
"WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 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 should turn Red to indicate a frequent user," the message was later slammed by the company on their official website.