Even a director to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), S Gurumurthy, retweeted the clip. A chartered accountant, prominent Hindu ideologue, and editor of the Thuglak magazine, Gurumurthy was named to the RBI’s board of directors last year by prime minister Narendra Modi’s government. He is also said to be a key economic advisor, even if unofficial, to Modi.

Gurumurthy, however, has long been known to share such misinformation. An Alt News roundup from 2017 shows five instances of him doing so, including once in 2016 when he shared a video claiming that India’s new currency notes had nano GPS chips embedded in them. 

Earlier this month, he tweeted a newspaper clipping claiming that the “son of a former Indian prime minister” (purported to be Rahul Gandhi) had been detained in an airport for possession of drugs and unaccounted cash. Alt News showed that the clipping had been generated on a website. Gurumurthy deleted the tweet after multiple Twitter users called him out on it.

India’s misinformation crisis goes far beyond Gurumurthy, though. The past month has seen many instances of evidently manufactured news, targeting politicians of parties across the political spectrum. 

A morphed screenshot, for example, fabricated a quote attributed to Smriti Irani, a union minister under Modi, saying she would commit suicide if the prime minister lost the election.

Photographs of porn actress were circulated last week along with the claim that they were of a daughter of a politician from the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, who had earlier come under fire for his comments about the Hindu nationalist outfit, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). The said politician does not have a daughter.

Another video clip posted by a supporter of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that a politician from West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) pulled out a gun during a televised debate—it was, in fact, a microphone.

Read Quartz’s coverage of the 2019 Indian general election here.

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