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India hunts ‘fake news’ spreaders after anti-Muslim attacks

Indian police have started to hunt fake news accounts after the anti-Muslim attacks.

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Indian police have started to hunt fake news accounts after the anti-Muslim attacks.

The police said that there are over 100 social media accounts currently operational that are responsible for the spread of fake news. The fake accounts are inciting more restlessness.

Last month’s violence in Tripura state erupted on the sidelines of a rally for hundreds of followers of a right-wing Hindu nationalist group. The incident appeared to be a revenge attack prompted by the killing of several Hindu worshippers across the border in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

The issue arose from the incident when four Mosques were vandalized and several businesses owned by the Muslims were ransacked. The fake accounts are sharing photos and videos of the incident which are not even related to the incident of Tripura. All such pictures are further arousing feelings of hatred and religious violence.

Much of the offending posts had been removed by Sunday. Those that remained online largely appeared to be highlighting the plight of Muslims targeted in the attacks. Tripura is ruled by prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

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