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Facebook, Instagram bust Pakistan’s attempts at malicious propaganda against India

Sept. 2, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

New Delhi: Even as its policy of capturing Kashmir from India through terrorist proxies has failed, Pakistan has taken the support of its social media army for its hateful, venomous anti-India campaign.

But Facebook has foiled this attempt by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to malign India. Instagram has also taken action against Pakistan.

India has drawn the world’s attention towards Pakistani intrigue. 

“Malicious propaganda, misinformation, #infodemic, fake news. Call it what you may. Do read this report from the @stanfordio

 on motivated false propaganda from Pakistan,” the Indian Mission at UN tweeted.

The report by Stanford Internet Observatory, an international internet tracking body, said that Pakistan is spreading malicious propaganda against India through Facebook and Instagram.

“We have seen a statement put out by the Pakistan Mission to the UN, claiming that these remarks were made by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the UN Security Council. We fail to comprehend where exactly did the Permanent Representative of Pakistan make his statement since the Security Council Session today was not open to non-members of the Security Council,” the Indian mission at UN said in a statement.

“A lie repeated a hundred times will not become truth. The biggest sponsor of cross-border terrorism against India now tries to masquerade itself as a victim of terrorism by India!

“Pakistan is home to the largest number of terrorists proscribed by the United Nations. Many of the sanctioned terrorists and entities continue to operate with impunity inside Pakistan. Prime Minister of Pakistan admitted at the UN General Assembly in 2019, the presence of 40,000-50,000 terrorists inside Pakistan,” it added.

“The claim that Pakistan has decimated Al Qaeda from the region. Perhaps, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan is not aware that Osama Bin Laden was hiding in their own country in plain sight, and it is the US forces which got him inside Pakistan. Nor have they heard their Prime Minister refer to Osama Bin Laden as a “martyr’.”

Taking action on the report by the Stanford Internet Observatory, Facebook on Monday closed 103 pages, 78 groups and 453 Facebook accounts being operated from Pakistan. Instagram also blocked 107 accounts operating from Pakistan. 

In the takedown notice, the company said that the network of fake news in Urdu, Hindi, English and Punjabi languages is being operated by some people in Pakistan. Several pages and groups posted Pakistani nationalist content, praising the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)  and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.

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