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Shashi Tharoor warns app offering to teach users to speak like him

Web report/Dubai
Filed on March 23, 2021
Photo: AFP

The Congress politician, famous for his English vocabulary, threatened legal action against the developers.

Shashi Tharoor threatened legal action against an app for claiming that they could teach users to speak English like him.

The politician — famed for his extensive English vocabulary — took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify that he had no connection to the app called Blackboard Radio, and did not endorse it in any way.

Many unwitting students have already been misled by the app, said the former international diplomat. "I will take legal action to stop the misuse of my name & image for commercial purposes," he said.

Members of Parliament in India, like Tharoor, are legally not allowed to endorse any private companies.

The photo no longer appears on the Bangalore-based company’s Facebook page, but the app is still available for download.

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