Unverified tweets and videos were picked by major media platforms in India like Zee News, CNN18 and India Today, which reported a raging civil war in Sindh (Pakistan) between provincial police and the Pakistan Army. The fake news was re-tweeted wildly in India. A deadly blast in Karachi caused by a gas leak added also added fuel to the sensational story.
BBC reported that a video purporting to show the clashes was shared by an account under the name of International Herald (Nothing to do with National Herald). International Herald, BBC reported, was registered under a now-defunct Indian company in 2018. It’s had a Twitter account since 2015 which does not follow anyone but its followers include two leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The fake reports claimed that many police officers had died in the clash and that tanks had been seen on the streets. The fake video claimed to show some of the unrest and a group of people pelting stones. It wasn’t clear when the video was shot and where.