With assembly elections drawing to a close, political disinformation has peaked on social media. An image of what is purportedly a screenshot of the Hindi news channel ABP News has been shared widely. The screenshot carries an alleged quote of Congress President Rahul Gandhi, according to which he has said that it is necessary to support Pakistan and that he will do the same, promising Rs.5000 crore loan to Pakistan without interest for the next 50 years!

The above was posted in a Facebook group Mission Modi 2019 में अपने 100 मित्रों को जोड़ें on November 28. The group has a membership of over 500,000 and this particular post has been shared over 7000 times so far. These screenshots have also been posted by a large number of individual users on Facebook.

NOT a screenshot of ABP News

The screenshot circulating on social media is fake. No such news has been flashed on the channel, as claimed. Alt News spoke to Pankaj Jha, editor at ABP News who confirmed, “All of these screenshots are fake”.

This tactic of using the background of ABP News has been used widely. In November, the channel tweeted, asking social media users to beware of fake news being spread in the name of the channel through manipulated images.

Earlier, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was targeted in the same manner, when a fake quote during the farmers’ agitation was attributed to him through a fake screenshot of ABP News.

Fake opinion polls in the name of ABP News

Fake quotes aside, the name of the channel has also been utilised to spread misinformation with regard to opinion polls and exit polls ahead of elections. Recently, ABP News had tweeted a clarification after a ‘survey’ of the Chhattisgarh assembly election was attributed to ABP News and C-Voter, and shared on social media. Earlier in 2017, ahead of the Gujarat assembly election, a fake opinion poll ascribed to ABP News was circulated.

In conclusion, the screenshots circulating on social media ascribing the quotation on Pakistan to Rahul Gandhi are fake.

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Hi arjun How doesnit feel to be a sell-out ? Is just a few thousands of Rupees worthy to buy out your integrity ? By your picture, its but evident you were subject to bully and possibly sexual abuse at a tender age and took up reading and writing in an attempt to prevent stepping outdoors and away from the bullies A party that kept a majority poor for over half a century, yet fed you and your team is worthy of praise and honour ? Is not the nation you live in more important that you quench your greed… Read more »

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Just look at this clowns face
I donno if im supposed to laugh or cry…and this is what we will show up to the world as our leader
The guyter-face is considered a cute youth icon….makes sense when hes loved as decribed by 70+ widows…but seriously we cant show the world that we have literally dumped our face in cow-dung as we shiw they our leader as RaGa

Rakesh Agrawal
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Rakesh Agrawal

After Punya Prasun Vajpaee & Abhiar Sharma leaving ABP News, it has also become a Godi Media, spreading lies and hatred for Modi opponents!

Smitesh DCosta
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Smitesh DCosta

After you receiving kick backs from pappu and gang….ur on a spree to justify it in full is it ?
Cmon buddy…you just need to get ur act straightened and stop ass-licking pappus men and you ate sorted….i know Alt news cant…but you can…give it a try

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Smitesh DCosta

This clown is rightly called Pappu… He talks shit…and i mean like a whole lotta shit… like how much a dozen of imams in a madrassa do Now keeping in mind Pappus brain-dead comments in the past like- him waking up this morning …at night , women of gujarat give milk to everyone, politics is everywhere..even in his pants (im sure hes voted out his weener …thats why hes not hetting laid ever)…its hardly any surprise that him considering to give Pakistan loan or waiver would Not come as a surprise Alt news guys…i seriously cant believe how youd root… Read more »