Postcard News is in a controversy again. The rightwing portal, set up around a year ago by Vivek Shetty regularly features “news” that is in line with the nationalist agenda. With eye-catching headlines and provocatively worded content, Postcard News makes no attempt to hide its obvious attempt to further the pro-government, pro-Hindutva propaganda. Its articles are widely shared among like-minded people though, of late, a steady discontent is building up.

A few days ago, a Twitter user, @rishiuvaach tweeted that another user, Saurabh Jha (@saurabhjha12), is getting abusive and threatening calls from owner of the postcard news portal. “If something wrong happens with @saurabhjha12 or me, world should know the culprit”, he tweeted.

.@saurabhjha12 is getting continuous abusive & threat calls from owner of Post Card portal. He even claimed that being industrialist.

(2/n)...he very well knows @saurabhjha12's employer as he is old client. He threatened that he had word with VP and now eat up his job.

his statements were "ek crore ki gadi me ghumta hu", "4 lakh ka number liya hai", tum bikhari", "jena haraz kar dunga" (all recorded)

If something wrong happens with @saurabhjha12 or me, world should know the culprit. Thts the aim for tweeting this.

The altercation apparently started when Postcard News was accused of carrying advertisements from porn sites. @rishiuvaach posted a video proof of the advertisements carried by Postcard News to boost its revenues.

This accusation was denied by Postcard News and it is not clear how it escalated into the alleged threats. When asked “but why would Postcard be against you, they are not secular media”, @rishiuvaach responded, “Our one mistake.. put one post showing that portal is using adult ads from MGID ads panel for making money”.

Our one mistake.. put one post showing that portal is using adult ads from MGID ads panel for making money.

As the news of threats spread, there was a sharp reaction among the right-wingers with another Twitter user @muglikar_ tweeting that he will unfollow and block anyone who shares links of Postcard News.

I have decided to unfollow block any1 who shares links of that website. What's this threatening business? Shame.

Another tweet aptly summed up Postcard news and its style of operation.

Plagiarise content. Write shoddy articles full of grammatical errors. Beat chest about being "nationalist". And then threaten RWs. Waah

The drama continued to unfold with Vivek Shetty writing an emotional facebook post. He accused fellow right-wingers of attacking him and his work, questioning his integrity and lack of knowledge. “It is time to say goodbye to facebook”, he said.

Expressing my pain - Which I've never done - Wish and Hope People correct their Course of Action 1. I started using Facebook since 2010, I am born Sanghi and supported BJP with full passion and energy. 2. I get threat from Congress and even the threat is so severe that they reach out to my family. I never backed down, I never get demoralized. I never complained to anyone. Since 3 years I am getting abuses and threats from Supporters of AAP, I never reacted and I never complained because I always preferred to use my passion and energy for BJP, RSS and Hinduism. 3. I started Postcard 10 months back with a vision of making this platform - A Platform to spread Ideology, Philosophy, and News. You can go and check how many articles we have published on Hinduism and Civilization. 4. I run 38 Pages with combined 80 lakh likes having 50 million plus (apart from my personal account) reach per week. We post daily 300 plus posts on our pages. I have never taken a penny from BJP or any smallest of its leader. I challenge if anyone has a proof that I take (took)a penny from any BJP leader. I have given my 4-5 years of time, energy and Money with just one hope that these 125 crore people someday (some) awake from sleep. 5. But Now from past 1-2 months some so called Right Wing People who in their Whats App group not only abused me and my friends but they often abuse BJP top leaders and including Shah and Modi Ji. These people talk about becoming Future Finance Minister and Cabinet Minister. They are so mature and Thekedars of Nationalism that they discuss about Cabinet Ministers and spread rumors among Right Wing. 6. These People are attacking me and my work, questioning my integrity on the lack of Knowledge; They defamed my work on a claim that we put those advertisements on footer showing soft porn. We have complained multiple times to Google and other third party agencies and we have the copy of all complaints but sometimes due to browsing History and due to our dependence on them, It appears. We will completely fix that soon. But Instead of reaching out to us, they are selling lies and rumors and abuses on me. Defaming postcard in social media and threatening some others if they share postcard articles/posts they will be blocked. 7. Let me know What is my fault? Is it my fault to support Ideology? Or Is it fine to digest the attack from our own people? I have digested the attack of Congressi and Aaptards but I felt pain when I consistently facing problem from our own people since two months. It is disgusting and I am ashamed. I feel it's time to say goodbye to Facebook. Thank you all.

He was however back after one day, “thanks to all the love, unflinching support and trust” he received from his followers.

There comes a point in life when we face opposition, rebukes, hatred even when we are absolutely innocent. It brings down the morale of any sincere person with honest intentions. But when one has strong and staunch supporters like I have, it renews the hope and strength in fellow humans. Thanks to all your love, unflinching support and trust. I am back with a new resolution to never back down. I love my Nation, I will continue to support NaMo and will continue to share with you all any news items, achievements, issues pertaining to our Government. Thank you all once again

Postcard News is not new to controversy. In December 2016, postcard news was accused of carrying articles copied from another rightwing platform, OpIndia. In a series of tweets, @bwoyblunder from OpIndia accused postcard news of plagiarising their content. In the first case,they reposted an OpIndia article without permission. When confronted, they removed it. A few days later, they did it again. ”Next time post a link of @OpIndia_com itself, instead of stealing our content without permission & without even a link back”, @bwoyblunder rebuked them. Despite this, there was soon a third instance of plagiarism. The two right wing sites were at loggerheads. One may not agree with OpIndia articles but they you usually seem to be original work. The concept of crediting other other’s work was something difficult for Postcard News to understand as they continued to argue that they were only spreading the good word.

you dont have any permission to repost this article. Take it down ASAP @muglikar_ @postcard_news @Divsbabs @vivekshettym

.@postcard_news, next time post a link of @OpIndia_com itself, instead of stealing our content without permission & without even a linkback

3rd case: @postcard_news even lifted the bloody screenshots of @reviewero. Again no permission/linkback

opindia co-founder accuses post-card news of multiple cases of plagiarism

Recently, Ankit Jain (@indiantweeter), in a set of tweets has called upon fellow right-wingers to raise a voice against Postcard News for its threats and blatant plagiarism. “This is the time to clean up the system”, he said.

Ankit Jain asks for a cleanup of the right wing eco-system

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Post Card news is run by BJP IT cell Karnataka. Mahesh and Vivek are close to Yedurappa.

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what was the problem here… no one publish proper news… let them do what ever they could.. no one has rt to stop this…Entire world media controlled by Vatican/US so what is wrong.. Why Putin says to about US controlled new… Woke-up man.. let them write waht ever they will.. if you dont like dont look at that site who asks you to provide the this articel.. any how i have not read this article..Ajay

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