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Pakistan threaten Israel over a 'fake news' threat

26 Dec 2016 | By Vaneet Randhawa

Responding to a fake-news published on awdnews.com, the Pakistani defense minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, took to Twitter to respond to Israel.

In the fake-post, Israel blamed Pakistan for sending troops to Syria and threatened to wage a nuclear war on Pakistan.

To this, Asif said: "Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming Pak's role in Syria. Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too".

In context: The real problem of 'fake news'

Fake NewsWhat is 'fake news'?

Fake news is news that is untrue and the 2016 Presidential election in the US saw 'fake news' as a gimmick to sway voters.

Fake news also refers to news that is outdated but is printed gain to sensationalize an issue.

For instance, recently a news of Trump shrugging off comparisons to Hitler went viral but "the story was actually from 2015".

05 Dec 2016Fake news leads to a man's arrest in Washington

A man armed with AR-15 rifle fired at Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in northwest Washington.

After his arrest, Edgar M. Welch had read a fake article online that said that the pizzeria "was harboring young children as sex slaves as part of a child-abuse ring led by Hillary Clinton."

He said he had gone to rescue the children.

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26 Dec 2016Pakistan threaten Israel over a 'fake news' threat

Israel says the report being referred to was 'false'

25 Dec 2016Israel says the report being referred to was 'false'

The Israeli Defence Ministry reacted on Twitter to the Pakistani Defense Minister's tweet by saying that the report it was referring to was fictitious.

In their first tweet, Israel said that the statement attributed to Pakistan was never uttered.

In a subsequent post, Israel added that the: "Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false."