Surge in TikTok videos aimed at misleading Indian Muslims over coronavirus precautions

Surge in TikTok videos aimed at misleading Indian Muslims over coronavirus precautions

India Today

As India remains under lockdown for another eleven days, vested interests have turned to the Chinese short-form video app, TikTok, to exploit religious sentiments of the country's Muslim population to discourage it from practising social-distancing and mask-wearing as part of Covid-19 measures.

An investigation by a Delhi-based digital lab, Voyager Infosec, into more than 30,000 clips circulated this week suggests a set pattern of targeted disinformation campaign aimed at the Indian Muslim community.

The videos show young boys, teens and adults playing Muslims, who discourage fellow Muslims from exercising precautions.

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