IANS Falls for Satire; Claims Imran Read COVID Curve Upside Down
The report is a work of satire published in a Pakistan-based website - The Dependent.
News agency India Asian News Service (IANS) on Thursday, 7 May, passed off a piece of satire as actual news. The wire agency published an article with the headline “Imran Khan Reads Chart Upside Down, Claims COVID Curve Flattening” was later picked by several other news websites.
The report originally appeared on a Pakistan-based satirical website – The Dependent.
The report was also picked and published by multiple pages on Facebook.
WHAT WE FOUND
On conducting a TweetDeck search using terms “Imran Khan claims COVID curve flattening” we came across a tweet by a Twitter handle Not The Dependent, which carried a screenshot of the original IANS article by journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh. The Tweet claimed that the source article is a work of satire.
Taking cues from here we ran a Google keyword search and found the same report on a Pakistani website The Dependent with a satire stamp.
The Dependent is a satire website based out of Pakistan.
Clearly, a work of satire was passed off as real news by IANS. The writer of the IANS story, Aarti Tikoo Singh, later issued a clarification.
This is not the first time when IANS was caught spreading misinformation. The news agency has been called out for publishing misleading content at various occasions in the past.
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