Verify info before commenting: Army to veterans, officers

The Army urged veterans and serving officers to verify defence-related information before commenting on it on social media.

Published: 01st November 2017 11:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st November 2017 11:06 PM   |  A+A-

For representational purposes (File | PTI)


NEW DELHI: The Army today urged veterans and serving officers to verify defence-related information before commenting on it on social media, saying that "vested interests", including those in neighbouring countries, were carrying out a deliberate misinformation campaign.

The advisory by the Army did not specify the issues but many veterans and serving officers have in recent days commented on contentious subjects such as the status equivalence between military officers and their civilian counterparts and the One-Rank-One-Pension scheme.

The advisory was posted on Twitter by the Army'sadditional directorate general of public information.

It said material printed on the letterheads of the ministry of defence or branches of Army headquarters were being circulated on social media and some of these were false.

"At times, even vintage photographs are being circulated to depict recent incidents. Therefore, it is apparent that there is a deliberate misinformation campaign being launched by vested interests, some of which is being initiated from countries bordering our nation," the advisory said.

It advised the veterans and officers to approach the Army headquarters to check the veracity of information or material before they commented on issues that directly affected the service.

"This does not in any way deny veterans the right to healthy criticism on any issue that they feel necessitates attention of our community," it added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp