FACT CHECK: Central government is not providing free internet for online studies

Indian government has decided to give 3 months of free recharge plan for 100 million users for online studies. Netizens claim that this can be availed by Jio, airtel and Vi users. The message is being shared with a link as well.

By Misha Rajani  Published on  3 Jun 2021 6:30 AM GMT
FACT CHECK: Central government is not providing free internet for online studies

HYDERABAD: Several Twitter users claim that the Indian government has decided to give 3 months of free recharge plan for 100 million users for online studies.

Netizens claim that this can be availed by Jio, airtel and Vi users. The message is being shared with a link as well.

FACT CHECK:

This claim is false as no such announcement has been made by the government.

We searched for news reports on this but found none that supported the claim. JIO clarified that this is a fraudulent message. "Thank you for bringing this to our notice. We request you to kindly not pay any heed to such fraudulent posts/messages/calls and not share any confidential information online/not download any unauthorized app/not click on any suspicious link. It might result in data theft or a security breach on your device. For any further assistance, please write back to us," reads Jio's message.

NewsMeter also contacted an Airtel store in Hyderabad and received confirmation that the message is fake. No user would be provided with a free recharge for 3 months by the organization.

The link attached to the viral messages is a hoax and can lead to data theft or a security breach. It is advised to beware of such fraudulent messages. Furthermore, the Press Bureau of Information also clarified in a tweet that the claim and link are fake. The government has made no such decision of providing months of free recharge plan for 100 million users in light of online studies.


Claim Review:Indian government will give 3 months of free recharge plan for 100 million users in light of online studies.
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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