A fake news created altercation between two nuclear powers Pakistan and Israel. Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif threatened Israel that Pakistan could use nuclear weapons after reading a fake report that his Israel counterpart Avigdor Lieberman is threatening to devastate Islamabad with a nuclear attack.
Following the false report, Asif tweeted, “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh. Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.”
Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh.Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too AH
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) December 23, 2016
The Express Tribune reported the fake news titled “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack” was published on 20th December in awdnews.com.
The website also reported false information about a former minister, Moshe Yaalon.
This was not the first time the website published fake news. Earlier it published an article titled “Clinton is staging a military coup against Trump.”
The Israel Defence Ministry tweeted to clear that the report was false. “The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said.”
In the second post, it said, “Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false.”
@KhawajaMAsif reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false
— Ministry of Defense (@Israel_MOD) December 24, 2016
The fact checking organisations identified AWD as a fake news site.
Earlier, this month police arrested a North Carolina man after he fired shot inside a Washington pizza parlour. According to the investigators, he was investigating claims in fake articles that the pizza parlour was the centre of the child abuse ring linked to Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times reported the fake news stories spread massively on social networks and the pranksters receiving advertising revenue by driving traffic to their websites. This has been becoming a serious problem to the society.