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ANI News Just Apologised For Interviewing Their Own Reporter About Demonetisation

Shashank Tyagi was interviewed at a New Delhi tea stall and the news organisation only cited him as a "customer".

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On November 13, ANI News began a tweet thread outside a tea stall in New Delhi, where the owner was accepting online payments for the customers who didn't have cash on them.

Delhi: Tea stall owner in RK Puram now accepting online payments to help customers who are short of cash… https://t.co/Wf7MaILRsj

While there, they interviewed a bunch of customers, including a man named Shashank.

It was all going great, but there was just one tiny problem. The man being interviewed – Shashank Tyagi – works at ANI News.

Tyagi's friends found it hilarious that he was interviewed by his own company, and that he was called a "customer".

Others were not so amused by the situation.

ANI News has since deleted their tweet, but people have been using screenshots to call out the organisation.

Many are citing it as Modi propaganda used to praise the PM's divisive move.

So @ANI_news, run by Modi propagandist @smitaprakash, has been posing its employees as random folks to praise demon… https://t.co/tUF2gzzppM

While others just decided to makes jokes about the entire thing.

When Reporter becomes Customer then It's no longer ANI news, Its ANY news. (2016)

Today, after the online backlash, ANI News issued an apology for their "error".

BuzzFeed has reached out to ANI News for a comment, and is awaiting a response.

Andre Borges is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Mumbai.

Contact Andre Borges at andre.borges@buzzfeed.com.

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