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Congress Twitter handle conducts poll based on fake news

Will your mobile phone number have 13 digits by the end of the year? This is what the Congress party claimed on Twitter. In a Twitter poll, it asked, "The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a directive instructing all telecom operators in the cou...

Copy-paste journalism: ‘Chinese’ has not been declared an official language of Pakistan

On February 19, news reports emerged that Pakistan has declared Mandarin as one of its official languages. This information was first put out by the Pakistani news channel Abb Takk news.Senate Approves Motion to Declare Chinese as Official Langua...

Baba Ramdev’s biopic comes under attack on social media

Baba Ramdev unwittingly seems to have become the target of ire on social media. The Yoga guru's biopic, which has launched on February 11 became a talking point after the first episode was aired. Ramdev, who has promoted the show launched by Discover...

National Herald Twitter polls on PNB Scam backfire

Twitter polls are a double edged sword. National Herald is learning it the hard way after two of it's polls on PNB scam backfired. After the news of USD 1.77 billion Punjab National Bank Scam broke out, National Herald posted two Twitter polls to gau...

Viral: Fake quote about Gandhi and Congress attributed to Nana Patekar

"Chhipkali raat ko kide makode khakar subah hote hi gandhi ke tasveer ke pichhe chhup jati hai, theek yahi kaam Congress karti aayi hai" (Lizards after eating ants all night hide behind Gandhi's photograph. Congress has been doing precisely this). Th...

Aaj Tak’s attempt at whitewashing a fake quote broadcasted on its show

What ought to be expected from the 'gold standard of credible journalism' when a goof-up happens on-air? Most definitely a retraction and perhaps an apology. How about a cover up?Maulana Qadri ye keh rahe hain ki jab woh namaz ke liye aakhen band...

Gold standard of credible journalism? Aaj Tak falls for a parody account

On 14 Feb, 2018, senior anchor at Aaj Tak Anjana Om Kashyap began her programme Halla Bol by saying, "Yeh aaj ki sadi ka Hindustan hai, ek 18 saal ki ladki raato raat puri duniya mein chha gai, deewangi ka asar ye hota hai ki karoro log video share k...

Gold plated journalism: India Today and fake news

India Today has responded to reports that one of its editors' contract was terminated allegedly after she refused to delete a tweet. Angshukanta Chakravorty, Editor with DailyO was allegedly asked to put in her papers by the India Today group after s...

Ministry of External Affairs shares news about use of Saudi Arabian airspace that is denied by Saudi

“Riyadh allows Air India to use space for Israel flights”. The official Facebook page of Ministry of External Affairs shared this news quoting Israeli daily Haaretz as its source. The news was also widely reported across Indian media and hailed as a ...

Priya Prakash Varrier – Dozens of fake social media profiles mushroom overnight

She became an overnight sensation after she put up a teaser of her upcoming movie through her Instagram account. Priya Prakash Varrier is the toast of social media after the promo of her upcoming movie 'Oru Adaar Love' went viral. Netizens were seemi...

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