As the nation is gearing for a series of elections in the next few months, one need to be aware that several fake issues like “intolerance, lynching, moral policing” might gain the prime time attention of NDTV, The Quint, The Wire and many more media houses.
The Cobra Post —founded in 2003 by Aniruddha Bahal, who was also the co-founder of Tehelka; and Tehelka’s former editor-in-chief and co-founder was Tarun Tejpal, who is out on a bail in sexual assualt case on a colleague who was his daughter’s age— made a sting operation on several media house like Times of India, India Today groups, Hindustan Times, Dainik Bhaskar, Zee News, Star India, ABP, Dainik Jagran, Radio One, Suvarna News, Red FM, Lokmat, ABN, Andhra Jyothy, TV5, Dinamalar, Big FM, Prabhat Khabar, K News, India Voice, the New Indian Express, MVTV and OPEN magazine.
Paytm Data shared with PMO?
After carrying out a sting operation on several media houses, Cobrapost claimed that a senior official of digital payments app Paytm claiming that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) asked the company to share user data in the aftermath of heavy stone-pelting in Kashmir last year.
The journalist who carried out this sting operation was Pushp Sharma. Do you remember who this man is? He was the same person who was arrested by the police for spreading rumours using a fake RTI that Muslims were denied jobs in AYUSH ministry.
The police sources had then said “He was arrested after our investigations corroborated allegations that he had fabricated an RTI reply to publish a news report claiming that the government was discriminating against Muslims and denying them jobs of yoga trainers in the AYUSH ministry”.
The Wire in its report claimed that “When approached by undercover journalist Pushp Sharma, who claimed that he was “Acharya Atal” and that “he was there to fulfill the assignment received directly from the Sangathan under a “gupt vyavastha” or secret arrangement,” the Paytm official admitted to what appears to be a breach of privacy and a violation of the company’s own data protection policy”.
Paytm fights back!
The so called sting operation of Cobrapost was like a fodder to the Congress party. Soon it started to attack the digital media start-up and even the Prime Minister. But the Paytm responded strongly with evidences. It said “There is absolutely NO TRUTH in the sensational headlines of a video doing rounds on social media. Our users’ data is 100% secure and has never been shared with anyone except law enforcement agencies on request. Thank you for your continued support”.
It further issued a statement on its website and said “Your Paytm data is NEVER shared with anyone. There is a video going around on social media and it falsely claims that we shared some data with 3rd parties. Nothing can be further from the truth”.
Paytm assured its users that their date is face with and said that “We never share your data with anyone: any company/ any government or any country. At Paytm, your data is yours. Not ours, or of a third party, or of the government”.
Throwing light on its legal aspects, Paytm said “Our policy allows ONLY legally compliant data requests from the law of the land to get access to data for necessary investigations”.
It added “To further clarify, in the past, we have neither received requests nor shared any data without a legally compliant request from a bonafide agency and through proper process and channels. You can be sure that no data is shared with anyone whom you would not have given us permission to share it with. This is the holy grail of trust between us”.
It ended its statement by saying “Any person claiming otherwise is not aware of the policy and is not authorised to speak on behalf of the company. We value our relationship of trust and thank you for your continued support”.
But the statement of Patym wasn’t enough to shut the mouth of the Congress party as the social media head of Congress, Ramya aka Divya Spandana said “And all your data transfers to BJP just like that!”.
And all your data transfers to BJP just like that! pic.twitter.com/fF3Ls1iKzl
— Divya Spandana/Ramya (@divyaspandana) May 26, 2018
Even Rahul Gandhi–who never opened his mouth on the West Bengal violence– said that Paytm means “paying for Modi”.
WATCH!!! According to Rahul Gandhi’s research, Paytm means “Pay to Modi”!
— VIDYASINGH (@vidya7281) May 26, 2018
The entire sting operation was suspicious because it had just stinged on neutral media houses and not on the left leaning media. Why didn’t the Cobra Post sting on The Quint, The Wire, The Print, Scroll and NDTV?
— Ravi ?? (@hypernationlist) May 25, 2018