Law enforcement officials have found involvement of Bangladesh Islami Chattra Shibir, the student front of fundamentalist party Jamaat-e-Islami, in the creating and spreading of fake news websites in country.
Earlier in Wednesday night (Nov 29), Member of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested two people from Mohammadpur and Tongi areas in Dhaka for allegedly creating fake websites in the name of major dailies and online newspapers.
The detainees, identified as Kamal Hossain alias GM Kamal, 23 and website domain hosting seller Al Amin, 30, were both involved in politics of Shibir.
RAB-2 Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohiuddin Faruki said it in a press conference held at RAB media center on Thursday noon (Nov 29).
He said some fake news websites including Bangla Daily Prothom Alo, BBC Bangla and other popular news-portal emerged on the internet. The difference between the original and fake sites is so subtle that readers might be confused easily.
Following reports published in Prothom Alo on this matter, law enforcers launched investigation along with drives to detain the culprits. It was found that a politically motivated vested quarter has been creating the websites to spread false news ahead of the national polls. Apart from anti-government propaganda, these news sites were publishing news against individuals running for office in the upcoming election.
Faruki also said these fake news sites were also a great source of earnings through facebook as such news spread, liked and shared quickly. It was also found that 70-75 percent earnings of these sites went directly to Shibir fund. Drives are underway to detain others involved in the process of making fake news.