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Activist points out over 25 incidents of fake news spread by AltNews co-founder Zubair, who was hailed as ‘fact-checker’ after being booked under POCSO

After Sinha delivered the full-toss, activist Ankur Singh in a series of tweets took it upon himself to show how Zubair is more of a weapon himself to spread misinformation which could not only subvert Indian democracy but also pose a threat to it.

Days after AltNews co-founder Mohammed Zubair was booked under POCSO for online harassment of girl child, the online portal had come out in his support and stood by him claiming the complaint against him for targeting a minor girl in a Twitter fight was ‘misuse of legal apparatus’. AltNews co-founder Pratik Sinha further claimed that Zubair is at the ‘forefront of fighting fake narratives’ and hence his ‘work’ hurts those who have ‘weaponised misinformation to subvert Indian democracy’.

Pratik Sinha’s statement

After Sinha delivered the full-toss, activist Ankur Singh in a series of tweets took it upon himself to show how Zubair is more of a weapon himself to spread misinformation which could not only subvert Indian democracy but also pose a threat to it.

In a thread that runs over 25 tweets, Singh meticulously exposed Mohammed Zubair’s dangerous games of spreading misinformation and many times deleting those tweets once they go viral without quite issuing clarification. That way, many a times, the screenshots of fake or misleading news goes viral but the fact that he deleted the same after being called out for his lies does not.

Mohammed Zubair through his parody account of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy where he initially portrayed himself as an anonymous troll, regularly indulges is sharing old, unrelated information as if it is a current incident. He has regularly targeted OpIndia, perhaps out of spite, for calling out AltNews’ propaganda.

In fact, so dangerous are his games that he even spread misinformation in middle of Chinese coronavirus pandemic that could have led to chaos and thereby a law and order situation. He has also regularly come to the defence of Islamists during Sri Lanka terror attack.

In fact, AltNews has often worked as an Islamic propaganda website using shield of fact-check which is more palatable to their already gullible readers. You can read more about the lies of Mohammed Zubair here where he goes from shielding Islamists to politicising rapes.

 

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