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Jio and Facebook giving 25GB data daily for 6 months? Don't believe every message you get

A message claiming that Facebook and Jio are offering 25GB data per day for six months is doing the rounds. Here is the truth of this message.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | April 28, 2020 | Updated 13:09 IST

Highlights

  • A message claiming that Facebook and Jio are offering 25GB data per day for six months is doing the rounds
  • It started doing the rounds days after Jio and Facebook signed a $5.7 billion deal.
  • The message is just another gimmick by spammers to lure people into clicking the ads as neither Facebook nor Jio had made any such announcements.

Have you received a message claiming that Jio and Facebook will now offer 25GB data per day for six months? Well, don't believe what you read just yet because the message is far from being true. It started doing the rounds days after Jio and Facebook signed a $5.7 billion deal. Turns out the message is just another gimmick by spammers to lure people into clicking the ads as neither Facebook nor Jio had made any such announcements.

The message reads, "Good News! Jio and Facebook are giving 25GB Data Daily for 6 months to all Jio users due to the lockout of COVID-19. Download this app now." When you click on the link provided in the message, you will be taken to a page that appears starkly similar to the Jio website. Upon reaching there, you will be asked to enter your mobile number and once you do that, you will be taken to the advertisement page, where you will be forced to click on the ad. The activity will then expose your phone or computer to malware.

These messages are designed in such a way that people who have prepaid connections are forced to believe in the messages. The spammers used the Facebook-Reliance deal as a bait to lure the customers. Earlier, Jio had warned its users against clicking on any link or revealing any personal information. Do not believe any message until it comes from a credible source or unless the companies make any official announcement about it.

As the world is battling coronavirus, fake news related to the disease is being spread through all mediums. Tech giants Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter among others had taken the necessary steps to contain the spread of misinformation on social media.

As a result, the messaging app WhatsApp had also imposed a limit on forwarded messages to one message at a time. Due to which, WhatsApp has slowed down the virality of the highly forwarded messages by as much as 70 percent across the globe weeks after introducing the feature.

"WhatsApp is committed to doing our part to tackle viral messages. We recently introduced a limit to sharing "highly forwarded messages" to just one chat. Since putting into place this new limit, globally there has been a 70% reduction in the number of highly forwarded messages sent on WhatsApp. This change is helping keep WhatsApp a place for personal and private conversations," a WhatsApp spokesperson told TechCrunch in a statement.

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