130 'hate news' cases reported since LS polls

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Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju speaks. (ANI)
NEW DELHI: A total of 130 cases of "hate news" were reported to social media platforms between the 2019 Lok Sabha election and the latest round of assembly polls in five states held earlier this year, law minister Kiren Rijiju informed Rajya Sabha on Friday.
In a written reply, the minister also said the election commission had informed that no complaints were received from political parties regarding data leaks during elections in the last five years.
"Total number of 'hate news' cases reported to social media platforms is 130...," he said. During the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 58 such cases were reported. During the Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly polls in 2019, only one such case was reported, Rijiju said. No complaint was received during the 2019 Jharkhand assembly polls and Bihar elections in 2020. In the Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry Assembly polls last year, 29 cases of "hate news" were reported, the minister said.
The number of such cases was eight during the latest round of Assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and UP held earlier this year, he said.
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