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There has been a spate of misleading and fake news on social media over the Coronavirus. On the chatting app WhatsApp, people are pushing the message without confirming it. However, later that message proves to be false.

A post on the ongoing lockout in India in the past has quickly gone viral on social media and WhatsApp. It claimed that the lockout in India was in accordance with the World Health Organization's (WHO) lockdown protocol. The message said that the third phase will come into force between April 20 and May 18. The message claimed that who divided the lockdown period into four phases, and India is also following it. The lockdown in four phases was false and was spread only with the intention of creating fear among people. The Who, along with the Government of India, also termed the message as false.

Another message on WhatsApp quickly went viral that legal action would be taken if the WhatsApp group shared a joke or joke about the coronavirus. The message says that sharing a joke or joke would take action against the group admin as a violation of sections 68, 140 and 188. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) also termed the message as fake.

A post on the ongoing lockout in India in the past has quickly gone viral on social media and WhatsApp. It claimed that the lockout in India was in accordance with the World Health Organization's (WHO) lockdown protocol. The message said that the third phase will come into force between April 20 and May 18. The message claimed that who divided the lockdown period into four phases, and India is also following it. The lockdown in four phases was false and was spread only with the intention of creating fear among people. The Who, along with the Government of India, also termed the message as false. A source said that India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry has written to TikTok and Facebook over these concerns. The letter said that users should be removed from their platform who are spreading false information and have been asked to keep their information so that they can be shared with the police and the administration later if required.

TikTok said in a statement that it is actively working with the government. "We are taking aggressive steps to prevent the spread of misinformation and harmful content on our platform," Facebook said of the fake news. WhatsApp limited message forwarding on Tuesday, April 7. In fact, people were forwarding fake and misleading messages extensively through WhatsApp. According to the company's new rule, forward messages can only be shared with a chat. Now the message forward will be able to forward the message to one user at a time.

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