Is the public at fault?

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Is the public at fault?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 27, 2018 16:54 hrs


In our run up to the second week of the FakeMat movement, it has been amazing to see the response and support that the campaign has received. 

 

The campaign has helped us understand that – one, Guwahati is genuinely in the need of a crash course on spotting fake news. This is considering that several of our respondents actually failed to discern fake news from real. Second is that the campaign has been lauded and supported by government and civic officials. These are the same people who are trying to step up their game in an attempt to fight fake news on the internet. 

 

We always accuse the administration of being several steps behind when it comes to actual application and action on issues that pertain to social media. However, the arrests made for spreading ‘hate speech’ on social media have been particularly prompt and so, laudable.

 

The campaign however continues to look for the public to galvanize and make the stand against fake news bolder and an actual “people’s movement.” It could be that the public has actually realized its mistake because in one of the social experiments, active users of the internet and people vocal about fake news on social media (who posed updates about the Karbi Anglong lynching case) continued to believe fake news that made headlines in 2016.

 

This should definitely concern us all as a society. In the years to come, social media is going to be flooded with more content, information (verified and unverified both) and with this, our sense of responsibility must be stronger.

 

Our campaign will come to an end in the coming week. However, our agenda of keeping the public informed won’t. The public must come together in the coming weeks to combat fake news as a serious threat because it holds the power to shatter the integrity.

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