Fake News Fi­asco

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This is apro­pos the ar­ti­cle Fake News Fi­asco by M.K. Koul (June). Fake News is a man­i­fes­ta­tion of yel­low-jour­nal­ism that con­tains de­lib­er­ate mis­in­for­ma­tion or hoaxes spread in tra­di­tional print and broad­cast news me­dia and more of­ten on on­line so­cial me­dia like Face­book and Twit­ter.

Fake News is writ­ten and pub­lished with the in­tent to mis­lead the public and in the process to dam­age an agency, en­tity or per­son and to gain mileage fi­nan­cially and po­lit­i­cally. In a democ­racy, wherein, the free­dom of press is a lit­er­ally and con­sti­tu­tion­ally granted priv­i­lege, the out­right at­tempt to pub­lish fab­ri­cated news items is as such of­ten the case to in­crease read­er­ship do­main. So also, is the case with the so­cial me­dia ex­ploita­tion, whereby, on­line shar­ing is at­tempted to gain In­ter­net click rev­enue. In this con­text, it is worth men­tion­ing that whereas ob­vi­ous satire or par­ody is in­tended to amuse the pa­trons, Fake News dis­sem­i­na­tion is on the other hand meant for mis­lead­ing the public for mock­ing and ren­der de­ceit.

In fact, in the ad­vanced na­tions like the USA, France, UK, Ger­many, Ja­pan, Rus­sia etc. gen­er­a­tion and prop­a­ga­tion of fake News is a com­mon phe­nom­e­non par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the elec­tion times. Fake News is noth­ing short of a ne­ol­o­gism that in­volves the spread of fab­ri­cated news or an il­le­git­i­mate pro­pa­ganda. When the In­ter­net was first made ac­ces­si­ble for public use in 1990s, its main pur­pose was for the seek­ing and ac­cess­ing of in­for­ma­tion. But, in course of time, this has come to shield this very pur­pose of dis­sem­i­nat­ing in­for­ma­tion when fake news was in­tro­duced to the In­ter­net. In fact, fake news re­mains to be one of the new dis­turb­ing In­ter­net trends that need to be over­hauled or re­solved. Fake News surfed on the In­ter­net is a more threat­en­ing com­po­nent than that sur­faced on the print and vis­ual me­dia. The so-called word “Fake News” has in fact come to be re­placed by a term “false news” in the Face­book right from the year 2017, as this has be­come as­sid­u­ously a part and par­cel of the ever grow­ing un­canny cy­ber crime across the on­line me­dia of the In­ter­net. All in all, Fake News on the me­dia has set to cre­ate a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact in all like­li­hood of public per­cep­tion and hence this dis­gruntling and un­sa­vory phe­nom­e­non de­serves to be metic­u­lously checked and reg­u­lated for its qual­ity and con­tent and should be re­scinded from across the me­dia for ef­fect­ing a real,gen­uine, flaw­less and fair me­dia con­tent in true and re­al­is­tic form.

- Bh Indu Sekhar

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