Kerala YouTuber arrested for spreading fake news

The owner of a YouTube channel has been arrested in Kerala for propagating false news about the Electronic Voting Machines ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, police said on Wednesday.

The Alappuzha South police registered a case against the owner of the YouTube channel Venice TV Entertainment for allegedly propagating that EVMs involved fraud. He was arrested for allegedly unleashing a campaign urging people to conduct voting for the general election through ballot paper. It was done with the intention of creating a rift and tension in society, police said on its official Facebook page on Wednesday. The police said social media patrolling has been intensified in Kerala at the state, district and range levels to monitor online content in the wake of Lok Sabha polls.

The police also shared the numbers of various officials who are in-change of cyber patrolling and urged social media surveillance teams.

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