Multiple Fake news claims:
A viral message is circulating on Twitter, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Instagram, etc claiming that the Government of India is monitoring all forms of online and telephonic communications and asked people to not forward messages related to politics or religion.
“From tomorrow onwards there are new communication regulations. All calls are recorded. All phone call recordings saved. WhatsApp is monitored. Twitter is monitored. Facebook is monitored All social media and forums are monitored. Inform those who do not know. Your devices are connected to ministry systems. Take care not to send unnecessary messages. Inform your children, Relatives, and friends about this to take care. Don’t forward any posts or videos etc., you receive regarding politics/present situation about Government/PM etc. Police have put out a notification termed. Cyber Crime … and action will be taken…just don’t delete … Inform your friends & others too. Writing or forwarding any msg on any political & religious debate is an offense now….arrest without warrant… This is very serious, plz let it be known to all our groups and individual members as group admin can b in deep trouble. Take care not to send unnecessary messages. Inform everyone about this to take care. Please share it; it’s very much true. Groups, please be careful.”
Facts Check Verdict: False
In our investigation we found that the news is fake, the same news is circulating since 2017. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has given not any information regarding the tracking of phone calls. There is no notification on the or the Department of Telecommunications’ websites, and neither has there been any other communication in this regard from the authorities has given.
Press Information Bureau (PIB) Government of India debunked this message.
Beware of such hoax!
Do not fall for such Whatsapp messages being circulated. No such thing is being done by the Government.
However, everyone is advised to not upload/circulate any false news/misinformation concerning Coronavirus and check your news from authentic sources only.
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Press Information Bureau - PIB, Government of India.
Do not fall for such #Whatsapp messages being circulated.— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) March 24, 2020
No such thing is being done by the Government.
However, everyone is advised to not share any false news/misinformation concerning #CoronavirusInIndia
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