There seems to be a lot of misinformation being spread around these days in regards to PSO, and WhatsApp surely has a huge part to play in it.
Messages on WhatsApp have been circulating lately, as they do almost every year during this time of year, regarding fuel filling safety measures.
These messages have been urging people not to fill their tanks to maximum capacity and plot twist, these ‘messages’ have been sent under PSO’s name.
And people seemed to have fallen for it.
Warning from PSO !Due to increase in temperature in the coming days, please don't fill petrol to the maximm limit. It may cause explosion in the fuel tank. Plz fill the tank about half and alow spac for air. Don't just read the message and stop plz do shar#NasirKhosa #Pakistan
— Wakeel Ahmed (@wakeelbrohi786) May 31, 2018
Warning from Pakistan state Oil !!!Due to increase in temperature in the coming days, please don't fill petrol to the maximum limit. It may cause explosion in the fuel tank. Please fill the tank about half and… https://t.co/UIH7kiyLxs
— Hinasiddiqui (@Hinasiddiqui) May 31, 2018
The message was even shared in image form …
Warning from Pakistan state Oil. pic.twitter.com/VpHjzAiiKJ
— Funnistan ?? (@funnistann) May 31, 2018
And obviously, that makes it official … right?
Its from afilling station. PSO wont be posting a forwarded text message :p
— Yahya Naveed (@yahya_nav) May 31, 2018
BUT, it turns out the message was a hoax and PSO has come out in order to clarify the situation.
Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has announced that filling fuel tank to its full capacity poses no threat of any kind to the…
The issue has been solved and people are quickly catching on.
But to be fair, the initial message was pretty convincing…
There seems to be no shortage of hoaxes like these nowadays. With ‘Benazir Income Support’ always trying to help you out and distressed women struck in hospitals in dire circumstances.
However one might want to stop and wonder for a minute, what personal gain is there for someone to spread this sort of misinformation?
Possibly the simplest explanation is …
Seems about right.
Do let us know what do you think about the entire episode in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to share any hoax you may have fallen for in the past or any other fake news that you have received through social media.
Cover photo source: ProPakistani/@Funnistan Via Twitter