New Delhi: India (India) searched Pakistan for broadcasting “Fake News”. New Delhi claims Pakistan uses social media platforms to spread malicious, deceptive and false information. The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations accused Pakistan of propaganda by tweeting a report of the Stanford Internet Observatory report. The report also states that some Pakistani Facebook and Instagram accounts have taken advantage of mass reporting to silence critics.
Malicious propaganda, disinformation, # infodemic, fake news. Call it what you can.
Read this report from @stanfordio on Pakistan’s motivated fake propaganda.
The truth is open to the world. @UN @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy https://t.co/grYjBcuPXw
– India at the UN, NY (@IndiaUNNewYork) September 1, 2020
Facebook took action
According to the SIO report, on August 31, 2020, Facebook acted on 103 pages, 78 groups, 453 Facebook accounts and 107 Instagram accounts to spread propaganda. In its takedown notice, the company said the fake news network is being exploited by some people in Pakistan.
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The SIO also found that the network also had posts praising the Pakistani military. In addition, there were pages and groups called “Indian Army Fan”, the purpose of which is not clear. The network primarily targeted Pakistanis and Indians and the posts were in Urdu, Hindi, English and Punjabi.
According to the report, Facebook reportedly said that 70,000 accounts follow at least one of these pages and that 1.1 million users are logged into these groups. Pakistan related content has been posted by many pages and groups. This was particularly appreciated by the Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).