Can only Government agencies post information about Coronavirus? Here’s the fact check

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, a WhatsApp forward is doing rounds according to which sharing any post related to COVID-19 is a punishable offence and only government agencies can post information about the virus.

The viral message in Hindi read:

“सूचना

ग्रुप के सभी सम्माननीय सदस्यों को सूचित किया जाता है कि अभी केंद्र सरकार द्वारा कोरोना वायरस से सम्बंधित कोई भी पोस्ट को दण्डनीय अपराध घोषित कर दिया गया है कोरोना पर सिर्फ सरकारी एजेंसी ही पोस्ट कर सकती है । गलत पोस्ट या मैसेज करने पर ग्रुप एडमिन सहित पूरे ग्रुप के सदस्यों पर IT Act के अन्तर्गत मुकदमा पंजीकृत कर कार्यवाही की जाएगी, इसलिए ध्यान रखें सतर्क रहें सुरक्षित रहे !

गृह मंत्रालय भारत सरकार”

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FACT CEHCK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above message and found it to be FAKE.

The press Information Bureau (PIB) clarified that the above claim is false as the Home Ministry has not passed any such orders.

Hence, the above information proves that the viral WhatsApp forward is FAKE.

NewsMobile advises that you only share posts that are authentic and shared by government agencies, WHO or reputed fact-checkers about COVID-19 as FAKE posts can spread misinformation.

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