If social media can be used to spread fake news and false information, it can also be used to raise awareness about them. That's exactly what the Assam Police did when it shared a creative post warning against fake news - using a Bohemian Rhapsody reference, no less! Yesterday, Assam Police shared an altered version of the iconic Freddie Mercury song from its official Twitter handle, and the tweet is winning netizens over with its clever wordplay and creativity.
Considered to be one of the greatest songs of all times, Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was released in 1975 and has delighted music lovers since then. Assam Police took the lyrics of the song and altered them to make a point about fake news and forwarded messages.
"Fact check before you forward. There's no escape from reality," they wrote, further tweaking "Mama, I don't want to die," to "Mama, I don't want to lie."
The tweet comes at the heels of the recently-released biographical movie on Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, and even uses the movie's poster. However, instead of the word 'rhapsody', Assam Police's tweet reads 'Bohemian Factsody' and states that fake news is not factual.
Since being shared online, the tweet has collected over 400 'likes' and more than 200 'retweets', along with a ton of delighted comments from fans of the singer-songwriter. Here's how netizens reacted to the post:
Wooow, look at Assam Police go! https://t.co/FB6SCkI1hp— Tasneem P. (@tasneemsworld05) November 28, 2018
Fake news only adds to the ambiguity,— Angira Bharadwaj (@BharadwajAngira) November 28, 2018
Spare our lives from this monstrosity,
Fake news & rumours - very very frightening me,
Galileo Galileo, Galileo Galileo, Galileo figaro magnifico.
In the past too, Assam Police's witty tweets have won social media over. Their tweet on stalking was appreciated by hundreds, including Kajol.
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