Image: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza (P112409PS-0434) [Public domain]
According to a message that is circulating via social media, former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has earned first place in ’50 Photos of Loyal Person In the World’ conducted by the White House in the US.
The message, which features a photograph of Manmohan Singh, offers congratulations on the achievement and notes that it is a “proud moment for all of us”.
However, the claims in the message are nonsense. There is no such event as a “50 Photos of Loyal Person In the World’ at the White House. There is no record of such an event on the White House website. Nor is the event described mentioned by any credible website except those that dismiss it as a hoax.
Obviously, Manmohan Singh could not have come first place in an event that never occurred regardless of how much he might deserve such an honour.
The post is reminiscent of another long-circulated message that falsely claims that the Indian National Anthem has been chosen as the best in the world by UNESCO.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!