Fake News: The Growing Parasite

Loading...

By: Meghna Chowdhury

The information has power. From the time of printing press to the time of the internet, information has played a good role in shaping public opinion. Before the introduction of the newspaper, there was a lack of information; and now, thanks to new media, there is an information overflow. With so much information and news all over the internet, did you ever wonder, whether all of them are true or not? We consume information every second, without giving any effort to know about its origin and credibility and this, has created a problem of mass communication.

Loading...

Fake news, information, videos, memes, etc. all have become a parcel of our lives. Fake news can be termed as Yellow Journalism, which holds no credibility and accuracy. It is a work of propaganda, that often leads to communal disharmony and riots. Facebook and WhatsApp have become the two major players in the Indian market, which is one of the fastest-growing net communications in the world. People spread information because it makes them look smarter than others. But when you share a meme or any piece of information that is misleading and doesn’t contain any truth then, not only do you look dumb, but you also spread unnecessary hatred.

One might have come across a picture of Abraham Lincoln along with his quote saying- “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet”. One mind finds this picture very convincing but what if I tell you about the fact that there was no internet when he was alive. Therefore, there is no way he could have said this. These days one can get a meme regarding everything. Every year during the time of elections enormous memes come up. Even though they are meant for only entertainment purposes, few of them can hold very powerful information, which can be misleading and damaging.

Loading...

Fake information is not just about politics. It is about the entertainment industry as well. Recently, Millie Bobby Brown was attacked on the internet, after people began to throw homophobic things and photoshopped her into anti-gay pictures onto her posts and sharing them around the internet.
Few people were very angry and said that it is all wrong because it is not who Millie is. She deleted her account and took down various posts from social media. Another classic example of UNESCO declaring the National Anthem of India as the ‘best national anthem’ in the world. There is absolutely no truth to it. According to an article of TOI and various other articles- “No, UNESCO has not declared our national anthem ‘best in the world’. In fact, UNESCO has not declared national anthem of any country best in the world.”

Therefore, with all the above examples next time when you come across anything that you find interesting on the internet, think before you hit the like and share button. If you know something that you are reading is not true and have evidence to prove it, then report the post. Don’t just scroll down and ignore it. If you find something fishy about any post, make an effort to find out its original source. Find out what other posts and articles have been published by that source. Cross check and verify the information. We need to stop being gullible about everything we read on the internet. WhatsApp has restricted users from excessive forwards and Facebook is using artificial intelligence. Never share misleading information for fun. Be accountable and responsible for everything that you are doing online and make the internet a better place to surf.

Loading...
Loading...

Sugat Srivastava
Sugat Srivastava has been working with Mavericktimes.in since 2017. Sugat has a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering from IIT (ISM) - Dhanbad. His motivation behind writing is to expose the truth in the most balanced way. He has expertise in Political, Science, Technology, Education, and Economics genres. Sugat is consistent, honest, and keeps the core values of Maverick Times in mind while writing. He stands with the idea of "Fearless and Authentic Journalism".

Related Articles

India procures predatory drones from America on lease for deployment on LAC

The Indian Naval force has induced two predatory drones for monitoring the activities of its neighbouring country, China across the Line of Actual Control and can also be used to vigilantly look out the activities in the Indian Ocean. The American firm had helped India procure the drones on lease amid the internal conflicts between India and China.

States impose lockdown with certain curbs, curfews are back

The COVID-19 curve of the country is high, the speed of the coronavirus pandemic is seen to be accelerating rapidly. The laxity...

PUBG Mobile India now a registered company in India, game to launch soon

PUBG is one of most of the popular games in the world, and in India, there were 5 crore downloads of PUBG...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

2,027FansLike
92FollowersFollow
33FollowersFollow

Latest Articles

India procures predatory drones from America on lease for deployment on LAC

The Indian Naval force has induced two predatory drones for monitoring the activities of its neighbouring country, China across the Line of Actual Control and can also be used to vigilantly look out the activities in the Indian Ocean. The American firm had helped India procure the drones on lease amid the internal conflicts between India and China.

States impose lockdown with certain curbs, curfews are back

The COVID-19 curve of the country is high, the speed of the coronavirus pandemic is seen to be accelerating rapidly. The laxity...

PUBG Mobile India now a registered company in India, game to launch soon

PUBG is one of most of the popular games in the world, and in India, there were 5 crore downloads of PUBG...

BSF Detects the Tunnel used by the JeM terrorists for Infiltration in the Border area

The Border Security Forces in the Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir has found a tunnel that is said be to used by the infiltrating JeM terrorists who had come from Pakistan.

Suffered loss of Rs 2,220 crore due to farmer’s protest in Punjab: Railways

Farmers in India have been protesting vehemently ever since three controversial farm bills were passed without much debate in Parliament. President Ram...