Journalist Rana Ayyub on Saturday thanked Mumbai police after they arrested two individuals for allegedly spreading fake news against her.
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“Cyber crime in Mumbai today arrested the two journalists from Scoopbeats who, on behalf of their employers, made a video and spread the vilest fake news against me. This is a big step towards justice. Thank you @CPMumbaiPolice, Joint CP and the other agents. The two young journalists had accused me of being helped by Pakistan, announced that I had been banned by Saudi Arabia, and in modified anti-India tweets attributed to me that their employers @thescoopbeats had asked them to do this great job on me. target my reputation,” she tweeted.
Cybercrime in Mumbai today arrested the two Scoopbeats journalists who, on behalf of their employers, made a video and spread the vilest fake news against me. This is a big step towards justice. Thank you @CPMumbaiPoliceJoint CP and the other officers
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) March 5, 2022
When fake news started circulating against her and she received online rape and death threats, Ayyub filed a complaint with the cyber police station of the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, and four unknown persons were detained on January 28. In February, police arrested a man from Bhopal on alleged threats of rape Ayyub, a Washington Post columnist and author.
“We had arrested a Siddharth Shrivastav in the case on Feb. 10. Later, we identified a news portal that had published fake news about her. They had uploaded a video to their YouTube channel titled ‘Saudi Arabia Bans Rana Ayyub’, in which they made reprehensible comments against her. They had even used manipulated tweets claiming to express her hatred of India,” said a police officer.
Two of the other suspects were later identified as Vidyanshi Krishkumar Trivedi and Ayush Chandramohan Srivastav, who are from Uttar Pradesh. They were tracked down and arrested on Saturday.
“The two arrested persons previously worked with a news portal that claims to be an India-based news organization. It was on their YouTube channel that a news bulletin with the wrong information was broadcast,” the officer said.