If you have ever thought fake news on social media is what influences Indians, think again. As per the reports, there are about 2.7% of Indians who believe the information that they receive on social media platforms like Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter. The real danger that makes people more concerned about it is the misinformation disseminated by the trusted news outlets or their friends or family, as per the reports of the survey.
In surveys, around 900 participants were distributed relatively evenly across age brackets, but among them only 80% were male. However, there is no denying the fact that India is severely lacking in social media hygiene. People in power, mostly the politicians have adopted this policy of labeling any news as fake news if it does not support their narrative. This myopic approach might bring them political gains, as fake news can even hurt its original propagator.
There are many respondents who have expressed the lack of trust over conventional media and thus their faith in contents shared by common people over the social media platforms. It is in fact that social media platform and the newspapers are the two most chosen sources of information for all age groups. While in the debate in the US, the hyper-focused on the Facebook newsfeed globally has immense with the real challenge which is closed messaging apps like WhatsApp, Twitter, Telegram, Viber, FB Messenger, etc.
Those people who are relatively new to the use of technology and smartphone may be more susceptible to fake news than others. Whenever the term fake news is heard, then we only think of factually incorrect information but there are several other types of fake news currently on the rise in our society.
Before we start how to spot the fake news on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter, first we need to understand its purpose, why people spread fake news. The aim to send misinformation, for malicious purposes, without getting caught. We have mainly 4 types of fake news in our society; let us have a look at them as:
Factually Incorrect news
It is the most common type of news which is easiest to be busted out. Fake news facts regarding dates, people, places and historic events can be seamlessly busted through Google searches. In this case, Wikipedia is the most useful too (but it can be edited also), so it is better to match it with the official site. To check rumors about the latest advancement from the government, people can visit the Press Information Bureau. To check about country, facts and other social things, people can visit the World fact book.
Biased news is very complex to detect because it is not a hard written fact, you can even run into the risk being called out if your spot it incorrectly. Biased news exists in patterns and utilizes something called a dog whistle that provides the signals to their audience that they are talking in their favor. It is usually designed to spread a particular message to align the perspective of unbiased people and fringe groups together.
Spot Fake news on Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter
To find out the fake news on WhatsApp, facebook, and twitter, we have mapped some details regarding it below:
Whatsapp is taking the first step in trying to combat the fake news being spread on this platform. With over 1 billion people now using the Whatsapp, it has become the default option to spread rumors to lots of people both quickly and efficiently. Now, Whatsapp will add a small “forwarded” label to any message sent with the help of this platform and which is being forwarded to another source. This platform has introduced this feature after being blamed for spreading misinformation, because of which to spot fake news on Whatsapp will become easy. A huge number of people in India have been physically and lynched harmed after messages wrongly accusing them of committing crimes have been spread via Whatsapp.
In Twitter, it is also working on how to spot fake news on Twitter? It has issued on testing the new feature which would help to track the original tweets. Once rolled out, this feature will help cyber cell and other law enforcement authorities to nab the one who has started the bad tweet with hateful, abusive and fake content, mainly in India. Twitter has confirmed (as per the reports) that the “original tweeter” tag has been rolled out for testing to small % of iOS and Android users all across the markets. If this feature could help to play out expectedly, then it may help to stress out the toxic and abusive environment on a social media platform and help the law enforcement authorities to identify on trails easily.
In Facebook, if you things there is some news that is spotted has fake then you can directly report for that news on Facebook platform. If you think that the news story may be false-even if you are not much sure about it-you can report that news immediately. Do you have any idea how to spot fake news on Facebook? Facebook has a team of people that take a look at all news stories which are reported as false and they determine if they are indeed false or use that information for identifying fake news better. To report fake news on Facebook, the users can click on the top right of the post, then click on the “Report ad” or “Report post”, and then click on “It is a false story”.
You must remember that you are a part of society and the citizen of India; you have the right to fight against and spot fake news to make people aware of that scenario very easily.