No Telecom Operator is Providing Free Internet, Clarifies PIB

Fake news has been crawling around through social media and emails saying that free internet will be offered until May 3rd to work from home. PIB has clarified that none of such emails or news is true. Check out more details here.

by Monika

Updated: Apr 23, 2020 13:59 IST

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No Free Internet for Anyone, PIB Clarifies

The Fact Check Unit of the Press Information Bureau has elucidated that the Department of Telecom is not providing free internet to any user till May 3, 2020, to enable them to work from home by clicking on a given link.

"The fake information in circulation has claimed that free internet is being provided to all by the Department to enable them to work from home," read an official statement on Wednesday. PIB has clarified that the claim is false, and the link is fallacious.

"Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that some media reports claiming penal action against company Directors and management if their employees test positive for COVID19 are false. The guidelines instead prescribe penalties if the offense occurs with consent, cognizance, or negligence of an employer," the statement added.

PIB set up a dedicated unit to bust rumors getting viral on social media to check the spread of fake news on social media and following observations of the Supreme Court. 'PIBFactCheck' is a verified handle on Twitter that continuously monitors trending messages on social media platforms and conducts a comprehensive review of its contents to bust fake news. Protection Status