Fact Check: Is Telecom Department Providing Free Internet Till May 17?

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Fact Check: Is Telecom Department Providing Free Internet Till May 17?

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The Logical Indian Fact Check team investigates the claim that Department of telecom in India has made internet free till May 17, 2020.

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A WhatsApp forward has been doing the rounds which states that the department of telecom in India has made internet free till May 17, 2020.

The message also says that the decision of giving free internet to users till May 17, 2020, has been taken to help people get through the lockdown time with ease.

A link has been provided for users to get their free recharge.

On May 3, the nationwide lockdown in India was been extended till May 17. The Ministry of Home Affairs had extended the lockdown for two weeks while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones.


Earlier a similar WhatsApp forward was doing the rounds which made the same claims.



Claim:

Department of telecom in India has made internet free till May 17, 2020.

Fact Check:

The claim is False.

Discrepancies On Website

The link provided in with the WhatsApp Forward reads: 'https://telecom.covid19offer.live'


The WhatsApp Forward says that internet will be provided till May 17 however, the website reads free internet will be provided for a duration of 3 months.

The website asks for personal information such as mobile number, operator network, recharge plan.


After submitting details, the page redirects to another which asks to share the message in 10 WhatsApp groups for the recharge.




The website then directs one to download a mobile application called "4 Fun".



Therefore, this website is evidently just a way of getting people to download the application.

Through "Domain Tools", we found that the website was created 20 days and is registered with "GoDaddy.com".


Although the message mentions 'Department of telecom', the website does not carry the logo or the name of the ministry involved.

PIB Clarification


Press Information Bureau (PIB) in their Twitter account also debunked the claim.

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