Cobrapost is a news website known for its investigative journalism. In their latest sting operation 136 part 2, they revealed dozens of mainstream Indian media houses that “agreed to publish content with a potential to polarize the electorate along communal lines” for money.

Read full post by Cobrapost here.

Media On Sale

They also found out that senior Vice President of India’s most popular money wallet app Paytm shared personal data of their users on a request by PM Modi.

Cobrapost’s undercover Journalist allegedly caught VP Ajay Shekhar admitting to have shared user data in a video, “Jab JK mein band huye the na pathar, toh humari personally PMO se phone aya tha kaha gaya tha ki data dedo ho sakta hai ki Paytm users ho” (When the stone-pelting stopped there in J&K, I personally got a phone call from the PMO. They told us to give them data saying maybe some of the stone-pelters are Paytm users. Do you understand)

Watch the full video here:

Paytm had faced a lot of heat when they used PM Modi’s face in one of their newspaper ads right after demonetization.

Paytm promises to keep the user data secure but this alleged reveal by Cobrapost has people scared to guts.





The app has over 250 million users in India and recently they were asked to share their Aadhar details to continue using the app. This alleged data breach deserves mainstream attention but sadly, it won’t because all mainstream media houses like TOI, HT, Network 18, etc are in on this.

In part 1 of the operation 136, they had revealed websites like Scoopwhoop were also willing to push certain ideologies for money. You can check out the part 1 here.