Claim: Facebook users should not accept a video entitled "Sonia Disowns Rahul" because it contains a malicious virus.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2016]
I got this as a message in Facebook. I couldn't find anything in Snopes. Could you please confirm is as true or hoax please? "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"
Origin:In March 2016, a message circulated warning users not to "accept" a viral video entitled "Sonia Disowns Rahul" because it contained a malicious virus:
While several versions of the above-displayed warning were circulated in March 2016, most had two things in common: They claimed that the warning originated "on the radio," and they urged people to forward the message to their entire contact list.
We found no record, however, of any radio station earnestly warning people about the purported "Sonia Disowns Rahul" virus, nor have there been news articles about the dangers of the video or warnings issued by antivirus companies. In fact, the only mentions we could find about "Sonia Disowns Rahul" virus were the warnings themselves.
The "Sonia Disowns Rahul" virus hoax bore a striking resemblance to the "Dance Of the Pope" hoax that surfaced in October 2015. Both of these hoaxes claimed that the warning had originated "on the radio," and urged people to forward the message to everyone on their contact list. In both instances, we concluded that there was no evidence that the virus ever existed, and that the circulated message was nothing more than a hoax.
Last updated: 16 March 2016
Originally published: 16 March 2016