Hyderabad: A website, http://pibfactcheck.in, is claiming to be the official website of the Press Information Bureau's fact-check team, a government platform that debunks misinformation on government policies/schemes.

(Click here for the website and here for the archive)

Fact Check:

This website is FAKE and is not the official website of PIB fact-check.

Upon clicking the link, we noticed that the page is identified as "not secure" by Google. Next, we observed that the page did not contain the logo of PIB. The last fact-check on the website is from 4 July 2020. However, it should be noted that the official portal of PIB fact-check constantly updates its page and its last post was at 1.30 p.m on 23 May (at the time of writing the article).

PIB's official Twitter account clarified that the website is a "fraudulent website". It tweeted, " A website "http://pibfactcheck.in" is falsely claiming to be the official website of #PIBFactCheck. Don't fall for these fraudulent websites!"

The only official PIB fact-check website is https://pib.gov.in/factcheck.aspx. It constantly updates the page with current fact-check reports. The page also contains information on press releases and media facilitation and also has an archive page.

The website http://pibfactcheck.in is FAKE and is not the official website of PIB. All official information is provided on PIB fact-check's official website https://pib.gov.in/factcheck.aspx and its social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.

Claim Review :   Beware of this fake PIB fact-check website
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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