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Congress World’s 4th Most Corrupt Party: Fake BBC News Goes Viral

The fake story published by BBC News Point was believed by many people on social media.

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India
2 min read
File photo of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: PTI)

In a world full of “fake news” that US President Trump keeps harping on about, India had a fake report from an unverified website going viral, which claimed the Congress to be the “fourth most corrupt political party in the world.”

Published by BBC News Point, many mistook it for the real BBC. However, it was quickly debunked as being fake.

Not only is the website fake, the article is haphazardly and shoddily written. There is no basis on which the party has been declared as corrupt and the author’s clear vendetta against certain ideals of parties shows through.

For making a weighty claim of corruption, it needs to be heavily substantiated.

(Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.bbcnewspoint.com/top-10-most-corrupt-political-party-in-the-world-2017/">BBC News Point</a><i>)</i>
(Photo Courtesy: BBC News Point)


(Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.bbcnewspoint.com/top-10-most-corrupt-political-party-in-the-world-2017/">BBC News Point</a><i>)</i>
(Photo Courtesy: BBC News Point)

Indians did fall prey to the article, given the misuse of BBC’s name and the clout that comes with it.

The website opindia.com published their own article questioning whether the Congress was just declared to be corrupt by BBC, but they did add the fake news aspect to their piece as an after-thought.

(Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://www.opindia.com/2017/03/did-bbc-declare-congress-as-one-of-the-most-corrupt-political-parties-in-the-world/">opindia.com</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: opindia.com)
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Clearly, people were also duped into believing the news without checking the veracity of the website.

This only goes to show how fake news is a menace and the modern equivalent of an internet wildfire which only gets fuelled further by trolls.

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