Indian to become biggest social media misinformation challenge in elections

Weeks ahead of general elections in India fake news is making a deeper integration on social media making false claims about standoff over Kashmir with neighboring country Pakistan.

According to experts the fake news being circulated lately is just a tip of the iceberg and amid such situation India will become the biggest misinformation challenge amongst several elections across the world in 2019.

Elections dates are soon to be announced in the country with 1.3 billion people. Digital literacy is poor in India with a population of more than 460 million are online.

Alt News head Pratik Sinha said, “Ahead of the elections, I believe our workload is going to increase, we have seen a lot of disinformation after Kashmir and the air strikes and we are expecting much more.”

Alt News is the Indian fact-checking website and Sinha predicted more anti-Pakistan rhetoric to take place on Indian social media.

Sinha added, “Disinformation in elections could be anything from fake quotes attributed to politicians… (to) false propaganda.”

Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror outfit launched a massive suicide attack on Indian paramilitary convoy on February 14 in the Indian-administered Kashmir resulting with the dead of over forty army men.

India retaliated with airstrikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Paul Linus