The national lockdown commenced by the Indian government has brought the entire country to a complete standstill. During this period, the number of cases for spreading of rumours, misinformation and fake news on social media are increasing day by day. 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.
One of such fake news which was spread was that the Centre has prepared a five-phase roadmap with an aim to ease the lockdown restrictions in the country. However, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has confirmed that the news is not true and no such plans have been announced by the Indian government.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced the extension of the nationwide lockdown so as to curb and contain the spread of the novel COVID-19. He further stated that on the basis of recommendations received from states, new rules will be framed, and information about the same will be conveyed before May 18.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News