Pakistan Retired Officers Spreading Fake News in Media
An independent social media following activity that started after the February 26 Balakot air strikes has discovered that there are in any event at least eight Twitter handles that posture to be ‘independent observers’ behind Pakistani barrier lines yet are spreading unverified news, numerous on occasion fake.
It was from these handles that fake reports on the passing of Jaish-e-Mohammed Masood Azhar began, other than the supposed Indian attacks on Fort Abbas and Sialkot in Pakistan.
An investigation by 'GreatgameIndia', situated in Hyderabad, found a few these handles being overseen by social media intelligence (Societal) administrators under the direction of resigned Pakistani commanders.
On March 2, the Twitter handles put out reports saying Masood Azhar had been slaughtered in the Balakot air strikes. The 'story' was gotten by numerous media houses who cited "top intel sources".
The wellspring of the story was later recognized to be a blog entry, 'Masood Azhar is DEAD: Confirmed; alongside a top position previous ISI officer', which was initially skimmed by the site 'Times Prime'.
Another occasion was the fake news that the Indian Air Force had completed another air strike, this time over the international border close Fort Abbas in the Cholistan desert in Pakistan's Bahawalpur locale.
The piece of information was spread by a handle F Jeffery (timestamp 4.01 pm, March 4). India denied the report.