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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

FAKE NEWS ALERT: Telenor is NOT discontinuing services in Pakistan

Telenor Pakistan has debunked rumours that its services would be discontinued after a fraudulent notice claiming to be from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was circulated.

Telenor Pakistan, a subsidiary of the Norwegian Telenor Group, issued a statement expressing “deepest concern” over the incident in Kristiansand, Norway, on November 16, and condemning the destruction of the Quran.

Following the incident, a bogus notification claiming to be from the PTA began circulating, claiming that Telenor services would be discontinued across Pakistan on December 11.

“The company is devoted to the country and is proud to serve millions of Pakistanis,” the mobile network said in a press release, denying rumours of its shutdown.

According to the press release, “the corporation has expressed gratitude to its customers for ignoring such rumours and phoney communications.”

Meanwhile, the media’s bigwigs were caught up in the fake news tidal wave. This news was published by Daily Jahan Pakistan, Oosaf Roznama, and Duaonline news.

 

Meanwhile, the PTA distanced itself from the phoney notice and advised the public to check official sources such as the authority’s website or social media sites.

“PTA is aware of a false advertisement circulating via WhatsApp chat groups for users of a mobile operator,” the PTA said in a tweet. “PTA clarifies that the aforementioned advertisement is fake and would urge the public to refrain from circulating it, as it may cause confusion and inconvenience to consumers.”

 

(Editor’s Note: The phrase ‘Fake News’ is not a scientific term. If facts of information are inaccurate it cannot be called news in the first place. It would be categorized as misinformation or disinformation. othernews.pk has opted to use this phrase as the mass searches and prefers the term ‘Fake News.’)

Aqsa Younas
Aqsa Younas
Journalist, columnist and research analyst.
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