Whether the nationwide lockdown is successful in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases is unclear but it has certainly increased the number of fake news and misinformation surrounding this matter.
On Wednesday, the Fact Check team of the Press Information Bureau (PIB) had to clarify that the Department of Telecom is not giving free internet to all users till May 3 following fake news which said the government is providing free internet to those who are working from home.
“The fake information in circulation has claimed that free internet is being provided to all by the Department to enable them to work from home, and can be availed by clicking on a given link,” statement said.
PIB Fact Check added that the claim was not only false but the link was also fraudulent.
The fake news emerged after Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s earlier tweet that the government is making efforts that business operations won’t be affected.
The PIB also clarified on a media report that said MHA Guidelines for resumption of industries will lead to penal action against company directors & management is wrong and incorrect.
Earlier, PIB Fact Check had also clarified that the Ministry of Tourism has not issued any letter asking for hotels to be closed till Oct 15, due to a coronavirus outbreak.
The Fact Check Unit was set by PIB following the Supreme Court observation To check the spread of fake news on social media. The ‘PIB Fact check’ Twitter handle continuously monitors the trending messages on social media platforms and conducts complete review of its contents to bust fake news.