In an inadvertent mix-up on social media, several prominent figures, including Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh, shared breathtaking images they believed to be from Lakshadweep. However, it turns out that none of the three photos shared were actually from India’s Lakshadweep. In response to the gaffe, they have since deleted their posts.
The incident unfolded on January 7 and 8 when X users were flooded with scenic pictures of turquoise blue waters and pristine sandy beaches, supposedly showcasing the beauty of Lakshadweep. The widespread sharing of these images was sparked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who posted pictures of the union territory, praising its “stunning beauty.” However, the promotion took an unintended turn as some Maldivian politicians interpreted it as an attempt to undermine their country’s tourism industry, leading to a war of words and a diplomatic dispute.
Upon closer examination, it was revealed that the captivating images shared by celebrities were, in fact, from the Maldives, not Lakshadweep. The blunder highlights the importance of fact-checking and authenticity, especially when public figures are involved in promoting destinations. Subsequently, those who unintentionally shared the Maldivian images have taken corrective action by deleting their posts.
The incident serves as a cautionary tale about the power of social media and the need for responsible sharing, particularly when it comes to promoting destinations and influencing public perception. As the diplomatic tussle between India and the Maldives unfolds, the celebrity social media blunder becomes a noteworthy episode, underscoring the impact and consequences of misinformation in the digital age.