In a tweet from the Additional Directorate-General for Public Information (ADG PI), the Indian army asked the population not to fall back on rumors about the military relief operations in Kerala.
The ADG PI Indian Army has further urged the population to report non-verifiable information regarding the Indian army that they receive on social media before they share it. For this the authorities have also shared a WhatsApp number (+917290028579) where people can send any message on social media if they find it unreliable.
Imposter wearing army combat uniform in video spreading disinformation about rescue and assistance. Every effort … https://t.co/GrMLMZjygz
– ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@ adgpi) 1534694799000
The elucidation of ADG PI-Indian Army came after a video of a young man wearing an army combat uniform, went viral in which the man disinformed about the relief operations of the Indian army in Kerala, which has been hit by huge floods since the arrival of Monsoon.
The deceiver in the video reportedly said that people should not donate to the Prime Minister's Aid Fund because only the rich were hit by the floods in Kerala.
In light of various rumors about social media that prevent rescue operations, Kerala chief minister Pinaryai Vijayan on Sunday called on the population of the flood-stricken state to use social media cautiously to stop the spread of false reports about the devastation.
In the tweet, the head office emphasized that only those messages should be forwarded that are valid.
Note: Efforts are made to save even the last person who is stranded. Many of the requests are now coming to help now … https://t.co/XNF3M2ePwb
– CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) 1534664705000
In another viral video, a helicopter pilot involved in rescue operations showed that people were waving to him, but when he asked people to get into the helicopter, they refused to say that it was only to get a selfie.
(With office entry)