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Bijbehara youth creates website to check fake news

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Srinagar, Sep 24: A youth from south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town of Anantnag district has created a website to tackle the menace of fake news.

23-year-old Amir Ali Shah has spent more than two years to come up with the website ‘Stop Fake in Kashmir’, reported ‘The Tribune’.

The website is the first of its kind developed in the Kashmir valley, said the report.

The website is already up on the Internet though it is waiting for formal launch which will take place in coming weeks.

Shah claimed that the website will act as a watchdog to keep tabs on unverified and fake news circulated on the social media where users can upload a link or screenshot of the news they want to verify.

“The website will give a feedback on whether the news is true or fake based on web searches,” Shah was quoted as saying by the report.

He said that the back-end team of the website will also run the information through its sources on the ground and check the veracity of the news.

Shah said he conceived the idea of developing such a platform in January 2016 after the entire Kashmir valley went into mass hysteria following fake news that suggested that the polio vaccine administered to children was expired and had caused some deaths.

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