In the time of pandemic, when the entire country is under the lockdown, people are bound to work from home. In such a situation, rumors have taken the place of information, whether it is regarding the number of deaths in case of COVID-19 or the information which needs to be passed to the people.
Fake news have been paddling in the country at the speed of light and many such things go unnoticed, while few of these create a ruckus among the society. In the past few days, many such fake news have been going viral.
One such fake information that has been circulating in the social media is that the telecom companies are offering free internet facility till 3rd May so that the people who are working from home, do not face any problem while doing so. The message has a link in it, and the message says to click on the link in order to claim the free internet usage.
When the news spread to the local masses, the telecom companies came forward and clarified that there is no such plan by them and the message is fake. PIB also clarified that the claim is false and the link is fraudulent.
Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau has clarified that Department of Telecom is not giving free internet to all users till 3rd May, 2020 to enable them to work from home by clicking on a given link. PIB has clarified that the claim is false and the link is fraudulent. pic.twitter.com/IJDmhPJVhv
— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2020