Threats of fake news
Threats of fake news

Threats of fake news during Loksabha elections in India

With the decreasing price rate of smartphones and internet data, the number of smartphone users has rapidly increased.  Social media apps and websites have become a major source of sharing news and information.  Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter are some most popular social media apps and websites

But, these apps and websites are also being used for sending misinformation.  Such information being political in nature may be in the form in false news, photoshopped images, morphed audio or video, photo of the famous person tagged with a fake message or twit.

A large number of people whether urban or rural, are still new to smartphones.  They are unable to differentiate between fake and true news.  Such pieces of fake news are provocative and aggravating.  After reading them, we are filled with anger and hatred.

 

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Loksabha elections are being carried out in different phases in India.  Fake news circulated on social media platforms can influence the voters.  It is alleged that the presidential election of the USA in 2016 was influenced by the distribution of misguided information on social media apps and websites.

Our government in collaboration with social media platforms is taking stern action to curb the propagation of fake news.  These apps and websites trace for fake news and after verification delete such pieces of false news and information.  Persons involved in spreading fake news are booked under law.

As a responsible citizen, we can also take an active role to stop the spread of false news and information.

To like, forward or share any piece of news or information is considered to give consent to it.  So we should ignore such information which is provocative or hateful as it may be fake.

We must cross-verify any news or information through a trusted news website on the internet ahead of sharing it.  Similarly, we can verify the authenticity of an image by uploading it on google image.  If it shows no result or any source, the image is false and fabricated.

This is the season of loksabha election of the world’s largest democracy. we should not get influenced by such fake news and ensure that our valuable vote goes to the most appropriate candidate. 

Sanjeev Kumar

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