Warnings About “Sonia Disowns Rahul” Video Virus-Reported as Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Warnings that users should not accept a video called “Sonia Disowns Rahul” because it contains a virus that will format your phone has gone viral on social media.
We weren’t able to find any credible reports of the “Sonia Disowns Rahul” virus, so we’re reporting this one as fiction.
Warnings about the Sonia Disowns Rahul video began circulating in early March on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. The “warning,” which has been repeated in different forms, reads:
Tell all contacts from your list not to accept a video called the “Sonia disowns Rahul”. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on the radio. Fwd this msg to as many as you can.
There aren’t any credible reports from radio stations or other media outlets about the so-called virus.
The language is suspiciously similar to the “dance of the Pople” false virus warning that was widely circulated in 2015 as well. Click here to read our previous coverage on that one.
These false warnings could very well come from another country since they appear to have been written by someone who speaks English as a second language. Also, it’s not clear what it would mean for a virus to “format your mobile,” or exactly what it means to “accept a video.”
Given all that, we’re calling this one fiction.