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India has more fake news than anywhere else in the world, report says

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India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world, a study has found

India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world, a study has found ( Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images )

A survey has found India has more fake news and internet hoaxes than anywhere else in the world.
The report, by Microsoft, found 64 per cent of Indians had encountered fake news, compared to the global average of 57 per cent.
Meanwhile, 54 per cent had come across internet hoaxes, in comparison to 50 per cent worldwide.
Internet hoaxes in particular have had murderous consequences in India. The Standard reported how more than 40 people were killed in the country last year amid a plague of smartphone-fuelled mob murders by ordinary citizens.

A police officer inspects a damaged vehicle in which two men were lynched in Karbi Anglong, India, in July last year. Abhijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were beaten to death following the spread of child abduction rumours on WhatsApp (Biju Boro/AFP/Getty Images)
Experts said fake WhatsApp warnings about child abductors would whip up fear in communities, leading to brutal lynchings.

It led to WhatsApp enforcing new rules which limited the number of times messages could be forwarded to new people.

The platform is also gearing up for this year’s national elections, the biggest in the world with 800 million eligible to vote. CNN reported how the app is using artificial intelligence to detect accounts which spread “problematic content”.
Meanwhile, the Microsoft report about online interactions in India also found 29 per cent of people face “risks” from friends and family, one per cent above the global average.

India has more fake news than anywhere else in the world, report says


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The lallantop did a workshop on fake news with women social activist of Jabalpur district. This workshop was the part of joint initiative by Facebook and the Lallantop against Fake News.


New Delhi railway station doesn’t have a water cooler with ‘Who is Hussain’ written on it

The photograph is from 2018 and the water coolers were installed at the Raipur railway station by an NGO named 'Who is Hussain'.


New Delhi: A photograph is being widely circulated on social media platforms with the claim that a water cooler having the phrase “Who is Hussain” written on it was recently installed at the New Delhi railway station. The image also shows the phrase “drink water, think Hussain” written on the device.

Many users who have shared it on Facebook and Twitter claimed that the water cooler, with the particular words, was a step towards “Islamisation of India”.

“If Jai Sri Ram was written, it would have become communal,” one of the posts (below) said.

One user named Virappan Singh’s Facebook post has been shared by nearly 400 people.

The image has also been circulated via WhatsApp. But no verified handle or prominent personality has shared it so far.

Fact check

The photograph of the water cooler is from 2018. Water coolers, with the words ‘Who is Hussain’, were installed at the Raipur railway station by an NGO that goes by the same name.

‘Who is Hussain’ was established in 2012 and it works at empowering “communities to organise charitable events“. The NGO is inspired by the legacy of Hussain — a member of the family of Prophet Muhammed.

The banner consisting the phrase “Who is Hussain” on the water coolers in Raipur were, however, removed a day after the devices were installed following controversy.

In a similar incident recently, a fruit seller in Jharkhand was told by the police to remove a poster in his shop that said ‘VHP approved Hindu fruits store’.

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BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee too made a reference to this incident on Thursday.

BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

Representative image of Indian Railways.

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New Delhi: A BJP worker and five of his associates have reportedly been detained by Murshidabad police in West Bengal, after they were identified by locals while pelting stones at a train engine. A report run exclusively by Kolkata newspaper The Telegraph, said the six had dressed in lungis and skull caps, distinctive items of clothing worn by Muslims in the region.
Murshidabad, which historically has a strong Muslim population, has been a hotbed of protest in the wake of the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Internet services remain suspended in the town and across the eponymous district.
While speculation has been rife on social media on how BJP workers have been posing as anti-CAA protesters with the intention of turning the protests violent, this is the first noted case where police have taken action against someone for purportedly seeking to blame a particular community.

The Telegraph report, which The Wire has not been able to independently verify, noted Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as having referred to the Wednesday arrest by saying that “BJP was buying skullcaps for its workers to wear while going on the rampage to try and deflect blame on a particular community.”

The Bengal BJP wing too has been eager to pin blame on Muslims for the protests in the state. State party president Dilip Ghosh said on Tuesday that protesters in Bengal were all “lungi terrorists“.
Curiously, on Wednesday BJP leaders in the state announced they were going up to Murshidabad “to assess the destruction of railway properties” by anti-CAA protestors.
A few days ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered a controversy with his communal jibe in Jharkhand – that anti-CAA protesters can be “identified by their clothes”.

What happened on Wednesday
According to the Telegraph report, residents of Radhamadhabtala village in Murshidabad turned over the six to police, alleging that they had thrown stones at a Sealdah-bound trial engine. The railways have been a prime hit in the protests, leading to the initial cancellation of several trains. Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the Centre was conspiring against Bengal in cancelling the trains even though the rail lines were allegedly not affected.

Among the six, 21-year-old Abhishek Sarkar was described by the newspaper as being a BJP worker. Initially, Sarkar and his associates claimed that they were shooting a video in costume. “The youths claimed they had worn lungis and skullcaps for the sake of a video they were shooting for their YouTube channel. But they could not prove the existence of any such channel,” district police chief Mukesh was quoted as having said.
Local BJP sources reportedly confirmed to the newspaper that Sarkar was a party worker. However, BJP district president Gouri Sankar Ghosh was quoted as having said, “He is not a member of our party. We don’t know anything about the incident in Radhamadhabtala.”

BJP Worker, Supporters 'in Skullcaps' Held for Pelting Stones on Train, Says Report

पश्चिम बंगाल: लुंगी-टोपी पहनकर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंक रहे भाजपा कार्यकर्ता समेत पांच गिरफ़्तार
BY द वायर स्टाफ ON 20/12/2019
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मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस ने बताया कि राधामाधबतला गांव के कुछ लोगों ने सियालदाह-लालगोला लाइन पर जा रहे एक रेल इंजन पर लुंगी-टोपी पहने कुछ लड़कों को पत्थर फेंकते देखा और पकड़कर पुलिस के हवाले कर दिया. इनमें एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता भी शामिल है.
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पश्चिम बंगाल में नागरिकता संशोधन कानून को लेकर हुए एक प्रदर्शन में जलाई गई बसें. (फोटो: पीटीआई)
मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस ने एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता और उनके पांच साथियों को हिरासत में लिया है, जो लुंगी और टोपी पहनकर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंक रहे थे.

द टेलीग्राफ की रिपोर्ट के अनुसार पुलिस ने बताया कि स्थानीय लोगों ने उन्हें कथित तौर पर ट्रेन पर पत्थर फेंकते हुए पकड़ा था.

मुर्शिदाबाद पुलिस के अधिकारियों ने बताया कि राधामाधबतला गांव के लोगों ने सियालदाह-लालगोला लाइन पर जा रहे एक ट्रायल इंजन पर छह लड़कों को पत्थर फेंकते देखा और इन्हें पकड़कर पुलिस के हवाले कर दिया. उन्होंने बताया कि इन छह लोगों में एक स्थानीय भाजपा कार्यकर्ता अभिषेक सरकार भी शामिल हैं.

मुर्शिदाबाद के जिला पुलिस प्रमुख मुकेश ने बताया, ‘इन लड़कों ने दावा किया कि वे अपने यूट्यूब चैनल के लिए बनाए जा रहे वीडियो के लिए लुंगी और टोपी पहनकर शूटिंग कर रहे थे. लेकिन ऐसा कोई यूट्यूब चैनल है, यह वे यह प्रमाणित नहीं कर पाए.’

राधामाधबतला के लोगों के अनुसार अभिषेक पड़ोस के श्रीशनगर का रहने वाला है और भाजपा की सभी स्थानीय रैलियों में आगे रहता है.

गुरुवार को एक ग्रामीण ने बताया, ‘हमें तब शक हुआ जब हमने रेलवे लाइन के किनारे इन लड़कों को कपड़े बदलते देखा. हम अभिषेक को जानते थे क्योंकि वो यहां काफी मुखर रहता है. तो हमने सोचा कि उनसे आमने-सामने बात करते हैं.’

सूत्रों के अनुसार इस समूह में एक सातवां सदस्य भी था, जो ग्रमीणों के टोकने पर भाग गया. गुरुवार को बेहरामपुर थाने में इन सभी छह लोगों से पूछताछ की गयी.

स्थानीय भाजपा सूत्रों ने इस बात की पुष्टि की है कि अभिषेक पार्टी कार्यकर्ता है लेकिन भाजपा जिला अध्यक्ष गौरीशंकर घोष का कहा कहना है की ऐसा नहीं है. उन्होंने कहा, ‘वह हमारी पार्टी का सदस्य नहीं है. राधामाधबतला में जो हुआ, हम उस बारे में कुछ नहीं जानते.’

गुरुवार को पश्चिम बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री ममता बनर्जी ने बिना इस घटना का जिक्र किये कहा था कि भाजपा अपने कार्यकर्ताओं के लिए टोपियां खरीद रही है जिससे वे इसे पहनकर हिंसा करें और इल्जाम विशेष समुदाय पर आए.

उन्होंने कहा था, ‘भाजपा के जाल में मत फंसना. वे इसे पूरी तरह से हिंदू-मुस्लिम की लड़ाई में बदलने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं, जबकि ऐसा कुछ नहीं है… हमें यह सूचना मिली है कि भाजपा अपने कार्यकर्ताओं के लिए टोपी खरीद रही है. वे… एक समुदाय को बदनाम करने के लिए… इसे पहनकर सार्वजनिक संपत्ति को नुकसान पहुंचाते हुए तस्वीरें खिंचवा रहे हैं, वीडियो बनवा रहे हैं.’

राधामाधबतला के रहने वाले एक स्थानीय ने बताया कि पिछले हफ्ते गांव से गुजरने वाली सियालदाह-लालगोला रेलवे लाइन पर पिछले हफ्ते कुछ तनाव हुआ था. युवकों में हिरासत में लिए जाने की घटना की ओर इशारा करते हुए उन्होंने कहा, ‘इस हफ्ते हमने बहुत मुश्किल से शांति बहाल की है और इस तरह के गलत इरादों को बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जा सकता.’

मालूम हो कि देशभर में नागरिकता संशोधन कानून को लेकर विरोध प्रदर्शन चल रहे हैं. बीते हफ्ते झारखंड में हुई एक चुनावी रैली को संबोधित करते हुए प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने कहा था कि ये जो आग लगा रहे हैं, ये कौन है उनके कपड़ों से ही पता चल जाता है.

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