Is IKEA Malaysia closing down all of its stores for good by the end of May 2023?!
Take a look at the viral photo, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : IKEA Malaysia Is Closing Down All Stores For Good!
People are sharing an article screenshot which claims that IKEA Malaysia is closing down all of its stores for good by the end of May 2023! Here are the titles, and my English translation:
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Truth : IKEA Malaysia Is Not Closing Down Its Stores For Good!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why!
Fact #1 : IKEA Malaysia Closing Stores For 1 Day
First, let me just confirm that IKEA Malaysia is not closing down any of its stores for good.
On May 17, IKEA Malaysia announced that it is closing down all its physical stores, as well as its online check out page, on Tuesday, 30 May 2023, for a system upgrade!
Its online store will still work on 30 May 2023, but you won’t be able to check out / purchase anything on that day.
The official IKEA Malaysia website also has this banner at the top of the page.
Both its physical and online stores will reopen on Wednesday, 31 May 2023.
Fact #2 : The Headlines Were Misleading
For some reason, the website that created that article used misleading headlines that suggested that IKEA Malaysia was closing its stores.
The viral photo, in particular, used a misleading headline – IKEA across Malaysia will start closing at the end of May 2023. Why use the phrase “start closing” when IKEA Malaysia was only shutting down for one day?
Fact #3 : The Viral Photo Was Edited
The viral photo was also edited by someone who added the word GOODBYE, to make people believe that IKEA was really closing its stores for good.
Who did that, or why that person did that, is unknown. What is certain is that it helped to make the screenshot go viral.
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Fact #4 : This Is Just WhatsApp Fake News!
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