What Is Fake News?
Talking about this is like talking about the environment we are living in. Most of the news and photos now are fake. You won’t be able to check which one is true and which is not. Fake news is that news which is distracted, transformed, distorted or of wrong information with the intension of harming society, law or political status of a person. One may believe in them very easily.
Most newspapers nowadays have two columns in their news which are news and opinion. News is one that we all know. Information about something and opinion is the writer’s or editor’s personal preference and view on a news and they make is sticky. It will always be spicy and sticky that would strike the reader’s mind.
Impact of Fake News on Society
These fake news can cause a disturbance in one’s life and society we are living in and sometimes it is life-threatening too. Just a few years ago when WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook etc. became a part of social life and everybody started using it, sharing one’s thoughts and the news was very easy. And it was more easily spread all over and then somehow fake news came in all these social media. News that was not true and transformed by one just to make it viral. And everybody started spreading this news and misunderstandings all over. Because of this fake news was very easy to spread by one.
At some places, this news was so bad and impacted so badly that it caused deaths of several innocents too. That information was made or transformed just to make public scare about a place or disease or food and much more. And some cases ever worst and some things that would leave a great impact for a long time, like the political career of a person, inter-cast and inter-religion clashes and much more that were dangerous much more than we could imagine.
Fake News is always modified to change someone’s thinking and thoughts about particular or more things.
We may define Fake News in two categories that are malicious and Non-Malicious.
Malicious- we can say malicious news have a higher spreading rate. It can spread faster than anyone can imagine and are much more damaging than anyone could think. They can harm society politics and even political laws and our democratic laws. Much more damaging than one could be aware of. These types of news to be checked in time and stop them to spread. Some malicious videos shared are so powerful that they can clash in between groups.
Non-Malicious- these are not much damaging but have misconceptions and misunderstandings about food habit, disease, medicines etc. These types of news are spread by a single individual and are generally runs through a network of family and friends or business groups etc. You would have seen this in case or corona also. A lot of misconception was spread about corona that leads to many misunderstandings and problems in daily life.
This is a time we need to check these Fake news. Every single forward a person do helps these fake news to spread and harm the society. The person that spreads these fake news by intension for harm needs to be punished and stopped but doing this is almost an impossible task as no one knows who started the chain of these fake news.
Tips to Fact Check Fake News:
1. Always check the news you received or forwarding.
2. Google the information you get and check a few websites if that is true or not.
3. If the information or news share is wrong always remember to say this to the person who sent you and tell them not to share it anymore and stop the one who sent the sender of yours.
4. Do not react to chain messages.
5. Always try to share good information that may benefit a person.
6. By stopping these fake news. Fake news needs to be stopped at any cost. To stop the damage it can cause. Government is doing what it can but apart from them its everyone’s duty to stop these types of news every time they get one to protect the environment we are living in. And just by stopping fake news we can stop and prevent some riots or life-threatening problem that can happen and damage more than anyone could think.
Always be aware of what you are forwarding. Let’s come together and stop these hate spreading people and news to spread. We can also stop one’s hatred intension of spreading hate and separating people from one another.
We can prevent some most damaging and worst incidents from happening if we all check these fake news and spread only what is truth. Be safe and keep your surrounding clean and germs free. A very important step that should be taken on time.