Fact Checker or Fake Taker?

July 01 2020

Ever since the PIB started its fact checking mechanism, it has on many occasions, declared many factual news as ‘fake.’ The most glaring example is of the news that appeared when the tension between India and China had just started surfacing in the Galwan valley in Ladakh. The news said that the UP Special Task Force had issued an advisory to its jawans to delete all the Chinese  Apps from their mobiles and also ask their family members to do so. They were given a list of 52 Chinese Apps as ready reckoner.  The PIB ‘Fact Checker’ immediately refuted it as fake news and said that the UP STF had issued no such advisory. This followed many news channels showing the advisory by the UP STF along with many stringers tweeting the same advisory from their Twitter handles.

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