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Fake news propagation offences reported in India 2018 by leading state

In 2018, the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India had the highest number of fake news propagation incidents compared to the rest of the country, with approximately 30 cases registered with the authorities. The country recorded a total of around 100 such incidents that year. This category of crime fell within the scope of the Information Technology Act, which came under the purview of the section 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and special and local laws (SLL).

Number of fake news propagation offences reported across India in 2018, by leading state

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Release date

January 2020



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Supplementary notes

Figures are as per the data provided by individual states and union territories.

Clarifications pending from West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya & Sikkim.

The offence of propagating fake news on social media falls under the IT Act of Indian Penal Code involving communication devices as medium and/or target.

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