News platforms on January 9 claimed that the former Pakistani diplomat Zafar Hilaly admitted to the speculation that the Indian airstrike on February 26, 2019, killed 300 people on the Pakistani side in Balakot.
The submissions have been made by the ministry in reply to the PIL by former RSS idealogue K N Govindacharya seeking directions to the Centre, Google, Facebook and Twitter to ensure the removal of fake news, hate speech floating on social media platforms.
U.S. intelligence officials warned last month about potential efforts by China, Russia and Iran to interfere in November's election. The accounts posted material both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
WhatsApp will allow users to share frequently forwarded messages to only one chat at a time, in a bid to curb the spread of misinformation and fake news through its platform amid the COVID-19 pandemic.