“Why are you running away like a coward?”, Republic TV reporters ask Shashi Tharoor

Yesterday, at the end of Shashi Tharoor's press conference in which he answered questions about the newly-formed All India Professionals’ Congress, four Republic TV correspondents chased Shashi Tharoor from the venue of the press conference to his ca...

With murders of Rafiquddin Shaikh and Naveed Pathan, the cycle of fake news rolls across the border

It is with headlines like ‘This is the real face of Indians’, ‘Religiously motivated murder by Hindu fanatics' that Pakistani media shared the news and video of the murder of 'body builder, Naveed Pathan'. Some even went through the trouble of findin...
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President Kovind gains 3 million NEW followers in an hour? Get real, Indian media

"President Kovind makes Twitter debut, gains 3 million followers in one hour." Sections of Indian media have been fawning over President Kovind gaining three million followers in the span of one hour. It sounds very impressive by all standards. But e...
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Dummies Guide to WhatsApp journalism – Free video tutorial for Republic TV and Times Now

It's been a slow day in office as an Editor of a TV News channel. The usual boring stories are pouring in. 1000 farmers from across the country are congregating at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, to protest against farmer suicides, a Dalit activist was murdere...

Fact Check: Are terror activities contained in Jammu and Kashmir as claimed by BJP?

“Modi government’s ‘free hand’ to the army helping contain terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir” claimed the infographic shared on the day of the terror attack on Amarnath Yatra by Amit Malviya, in-charge of the BJP IT cell. The accompanying graph ...

Is Modi Govt the most trusted in the world as claimed by Indian media?

Yet again, multiple Indian media organisations have made a claim based on statistics which they did not bother to verify or read the fine print. "Narendra Modi's Govt is most trusted in the world", was a claim made by multiple media organisations yes...

Alt News Impact: BJP Asansol IT Incharge Tarun Sengupta arrested for spreading fake video

The logo inside the circled region in the screenshot above is that of Alt News. West Bengal police this morning announced the arrest of BJP Asansol IT Cell Secretary Tarun Sengupta who had posted a video on his Facebook timeline and had claimed t...
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Gujarati Newspaper Sandesh, OneIndia fall for satirical post about man sentenced to death due to farting

It is one thing for Twitter trolls to use posts from satirical websites for political propaganda. However, for main stream media outlets to promote satire as news is quite disturbing. It shows how the process of news making lacks the due diligence in...
An epidemic of fake videos

An epidemic of fake videos hits the Indian social media ecosystem

"आंध्रप्रदेश की एक हिंदू मारवाड़ी लड़की जिसकी शादी एक मुस्लिम लड़के के साथ शादी हुई थी। आज कुछ मुस्लिम लोगों नें मिलकर बुरीतरह मारा फिर जिंदा जला दिया। बुर्का ना पहनने के लिये – -देखिये दिल दहला देने वाली video (Translation: A Hindu Marwardi girl from...
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Tarek Fatah posted a video claiming a girl was assaulted for not wearing Hijab. What’s the truth?

"Man upset at seeing girls cycling without Hijab, slaps one on her head. Coming soon to a neighborhood near you", stated Tarek Fatah while posting a video of 3 young girls who were bicycling and a stranger assaults one of the girls. At the time of wr...

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