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WhatsApp’s COVID-19 misinformation problem fueled amid second wave

The scientific study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research a peer-reviewed journal, pointed out that ~30% of Indians relied on WhatsApp to receive information around COVID-19.

Jun 10, 2021, 15:33 PM IST

Former Prasar Bharati CEO shares morphed image of PM Modi, draws flak

In the now-deleted post, PM Modi was shown standing with folded hands before Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani. However, in the original picture, the woman was Deepika Mandal who runs an NGO standing with Modi.

Jun 07, 2021, 15:56 PM IST

Fake Alert: No, Govt is not giving you 'Free Internet'; hoax generated via WhatsApp University

The Press Information Bureau did a fact check and therefore debunked the said claims and said that the information that is making rounds on WhatsApp is completely false. The government has not made any such claims ever. This is not the first time that the government needed to clarify such baseless messages.

Jun 01, 2021, 16:29 PM IST

Can COVID-19 vaccine jab cause infertility in both men and women? Check details

PIB Fact check has released a short video around the coronavirus vaccine misinformation.

May 25, 2021, 21:15 PM IST

Post claiming death within 2 years of COVID-19 vaccination fake: PIB fact check

The Indian government has time and again asserted that vaccines are completely safe and are crucial in the fight against the pandemic.

May 25, 2021, 20:33 PM IST

Alert! Facebook to take down profile frames with anti-vaccine claims

The report further revealed that some profile frames carried messages that are banned on Facebook. "I trust my immune system, not a shot," read one of the borders. This misinformation includes 5G spreading COVID-19 and others which was there on several Facebook profile frames.

May 16, 2021, 16:00 PM IST

Shaktimaan actor Mukesh Khanna speaks on death hoax, says 'I'm perfectly alright'

The 'Shaktimaan' actor took to Facebook and shared a video along with a note stating that he was 'perfectly alright.' Dismissing rumours that suggested he was no more, Khanna hit out at those behind spreading false rumours about him, stating, 'this is the problem with social media.'

May 11, 2021, 23:59 PM IST

THIS Facebook feature will remind you to read news articles before sharing them

It will function in a way that when a user shares posts on the app or website, they will get a popup on the page that says “You’re about to share this article without opening it” followed by smaller text that says “Sharing articles without reading them may mean missing key facts.”

May 11, 2021, 15:45 PM IST

Be Aware! There is no link between 5G and COVID-19, DoT urges public not to be misled by baseless claims

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said several misleading messages are being circulated on various social media platforms, claiming that the second wave of coronavirus has been caused by the testing of the 5G mobile towers.  The testing of the 5G network has not yet started anywhere in India, therefore the claim that 5G trials or networks are causing coronavirus in India is "baseless", it contended.

May 10, 2021, 22:19 PM IST

Beware! THIS viral WhatsApp message claiming lockdown in UP extended till May 10 is fake

Meanwhile, fake news has become another headache for India as this menace is constantly created to take advantage of the situation. A WhatsApp message is being circulated, which claims that Uttar Pradesh has extended the existing lockdown due to rising COVID cases.

May 03, 2021, 22:00 PM IST

Beware! WhatsApp messages on COVID-19 vaccine are fake: Here’s how to find out

A message claiming that COVID-19 vaccine should be avoided during periods for women. The message further said that the vaccination should be avoided by women five days before and after the period as their immunity is low during the period which is false as there is no such thing in the first place, according to a report.

Apr 25, 2021, 16:43 PM IST

Alert! A viral message promising for free internet? Its a SCAM

In order to protect users from falling on these traps, the telecom companies have time and again issued advisories where they are warning users that any messages that promise free recharge plans to free education is potentially a fake message and it aims at stealing your personal data.

Apr 23, 2021, 23:31 PM IST

Veteran actress Tabassum denies rumours of her death, shares post on Twitter

Sharing a picture that read, “Tabassum of Bollywood is no more. May her soul rest in peace” she said that it was fake news.

Apr 23, 2021, 18:54 PM IST

Shashi Tharoor apologises to Sumitra Mahajan’s son for his misinformed tweet on her 'demise'

In his deleted tweet, Tharoor had expressed condolence on the “demise of veteran BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan.” Soon after it, he retracted his statement and wished good health to Mahajan.

Apr 23, 2021, 16:04 PM IST

Zee fact file: Bihar farmer's claims of 'Hop-shoots' crop turns out to be fake, check report

A news that has recently grabbed headlines about a farmer from Bihar's Aurangabad growing the world's costliest vegetable called the Hop Shoots.

Apr 03, 2021, 19:50 PM IST

International Fact Checking Day: Google unveils new features to track fake news

In a blog post, Alexios Mantzarlis, ‎News and Information Credibility Lead at Google News Lab, revealed that more than 50,000 new fact checks came up on Google Search with all fact-checks receiving more than 2.4 billion impressions in search during that time frame.

Apr 02, 2021, 19:57 PM IST

Fake Alert! Old notice regarding exam schedule being circulated in social media, CBSE clears air

The viral notification is actually dated April 1, 2020 but it left many students confused as they overlooked the year mentioned and fell prey to the fake news.

Apr 02, 2021, 18:25 PM IST

Big crackdown on WhatsApp, Facebook forwards, Ghaziabad police issues notice

The police has said that any person found sharing texts, pictures or videos which are objectionable in nature will be booked under Indian Penal Code section 505/153A/295A/298.

Mar 25, 2021, 22:56 PM IST

Fact check: UP Police clarifies on mask checking campaign, terms social media post as 'fake'

The UP police, however, refuted the social media message and tweeted (in Hindi), and said that no such campaign of mask checking is being launched by it, nor has any such information been disseminated. It advised the people not to pay attention to such misleading news.

Feb 26, 2021, 12:01 PM IST

SC issues notice to Centre, Twitter on plea to regulate fake news, anti-India posts

Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the Centre and Twitter India seeking a mechanism to regulate content and advertisements on the social media platforms which spreads anti-India messages through fake news and incendiary messages via bogus accounts.

Feb 12, 2021, 13:12 PM IST