The messages claimed the birds carry the new coronavirus and could pass it on to humans.
Indian authorities have repeatedly said there is no scientific evidence to the claims. In fact, ministers have even eaten roast chicken during public events to show that the birds are virus free.
Traders say small and medium-sized farmers have been hardest hit as the $14bn (£10.7bn) industry struggles to correct the misinformation online.
(Excerpts - BBC News)