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Viral message about Home Ministry making sharing posts about coronavirus a punishable offence is fake

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A message purportedly issued by Principal Secretary – Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is making rounds on social media claiming that the Ministry has made sharing of coronavirus related information on social media groups a punishable offence. Let’s check the authenticity of the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an order that sharing post about coronavirus on social media groups a punishable offence.

Fact: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has not declared that posting anything related to coronavirus on social media is a punishable offence. Also, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs hasn’t issued any such order. So, the claim is FALSE.

When searched if the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued any such order, information from no credible sources was found confirming it. In the Facebook post, the message is said to be issued by Ravi Nayak, Principal Secretary – Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). But, in the office directory of the Ministry, there is no person with the name ‘Ravi Nayak’ and there is no designation called Principal Secretary.

Also, as the message went viral, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has debunked the claim and clarified that the Ministry of Home Affairs hasn’t issued any such order. In its post, PIB has also said that for netizens to stay protected, they must share information about Coronavirus only from official and accurate sources.

To summarize, the message claiming that Home Ministry has made sharing of any Coronavirus related information on social media groups a punishable offense is fake

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