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363 cyber cases registered in Maharashtra for spreading misinformation about COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought largely affected India with the total number of coronavirus cases escalating to 59,625 and claiming over 1,985 lives. Maharashtra is the most affected has more than 19,000 total cases and the death toll rising to 731.

Meanwhile, the cyber department of the state has registered over 363 cases of spreading rumours, misinformation and fake news on social media. Such offences lead to misinformation and hatred among the citizens during these difficult times amidst the lockdown. According to an official, around 196 persons were arrested on the account of sharing misleading posts and videos on social media which are objected.

The cyber department of the state has been kept an eye on the online activities so as to prevent the spread misleading information about the coronavirus outbreak. A case was reported in Sangli acuusing some people for uploading a Tik-tok video about a particular community being responsible for the spread of the deadly coronavirus. They also used abusing language against such social reformers.

Similarly, few people were booked for a social media post which linked the spread of the coronavirus to a particular community. The cyber department has stated that the state has witnesses the highest number of cyber offences during the lockdown period commenced by the national government so as to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

 

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