Is Congress social media cell spreading fake news on Rafale deal?

Divya Spandana

The Congress party’s social media head Divya Spandana has once again flirted with fake news. On Monday night, she shared a story on her Twitter handle from a website ‘IndiaScoops’ which has had a history of peddling questionable content.

The story ‘quotes’ two top technical heads at Dassault Aviation who claim that the entire technical staff team at Dassault Aviation were unhappy with the move to drop Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and go ahead with Reliance Defence Ltd in the Rafale deal between India and France.

The website, however, does not name the ‘two top technical heads’ nor does it provide anything to substantiate the explosive claim they purportedly made.

No sooner was the article published than it was shared by many people, including Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia and lawyer and former Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan. No mainstream media has picked up the article as the article has been published on a website that has yet to establish its credibility given its propagandist content.

In the past, the site ran fake news items, such as ‘PM Modi’s yoga video costing Rs 35 lakh’.
The website was created on April 27, 2018 and name of its Facebook page was changed from ‘India Chimes’ to ‘India Scoops’ on May 7, 2018.

There have been many instances in the past when Divya Spandana and Prashant Bhushan have fallen for fake news.

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