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Fake news

These days, fake news has cracked open the trust that one places in a society or a community. It is inevitable to completely take out the roots of the spread of misinformation. In times of social media and internet facilities, people are easily ‘catfished’ and driven by the spread of fake news, rumour, gossips, etc. The surge of fake news is higher in case of...

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'Scrubbing' your online data

The advantages of using social media also comes with a warning sign. Breach of users’ security and identity are the common cyber issues we hear on the news every day. We put in passwords and e-mail accounts in a lot of websites, the common ones being Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We also accept the condition to store our history in those websites as ‘cookies’. A...

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Misinformation, hoaxes, fib, propaganda, and pseudo-events have long been in existence. Whether we talk of radio, television, newspaper, internet, social media, or word of mouth, nothing can be trusted in all aspects. The fake news worm hasn’t left any media unaffected from its malaise effects. It may be deliberate misinformation; a “clickbait” or a satire. Multitudes of hoax stories related to coronavirus are promulgating around,...

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From the time of the invention of social media, it affected different aspects of life, be it social or personal. It has also changed the contemporary scene of politics as stating one's personal opinion and expressing a particular viewpoint has not been as easy as the earlier times when there was no access to social sites and an easily reachable audience. For instance, Facebook still...

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From the time of the invention of social media, it affected different aspects of life, be it social or personal. It has also changed the contemporary scene of politics as stating one's personal opinion and expressing a particular viewpoint has not been as easy as the earlier times when there was no access to social sites and an easily reachable audience. For instance, Facebook still...

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2018

People gain knowledge about the happenings around the globe through news and other sources. However, the news or information that we receive on a daily basis may or may not be accurate. The spreading of fake news is common nowadays. Fake news can be defined as a subgenre of information constructed with disregard of the facts. It not only spreads the wrong information but also...

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misinformation

Northeastern University, along with Harvard University collaborated to put together a conference on the hot yet serious topic of fake news. Many people, including social media gurus to political scientists, attended the convention held in Harvard’s law school. David Lazer, a renowned professor of Political Science at the Northeastern, along with Harvard professor Matthew Baum organised the entire conference.   “A well-functioning democracy requires a healthy ecosystem...

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2018

Journalism had proclaimed the year of 2017 as the year of ‘fake news’, as the ominous quote, “Democracy dies in darkness” became its newspaper slogan. It was also marked by society becoming interested again in the mainstream media outlets, as there was a significant increase in subscriptions and page views. Donald Trump’s “covfefe” became the major news story (something which is mainly occupied by serious...

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Writing a catchy headline has always been considered a skill, it should attract as many readers as possible. It is considered as a golden rule in journalism. However, in this age of digital progress, clickbait has acquired the synonym of online journalism. The word is used pejoratively to describe headlines that are often misleading. It refers to sensationalised news that tempts to click on the...

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The social media invaded our lives as a blessing. The access to every distinct corners of the world has swelled our chests with an everlasting joy. It may not sound outlandish while claiming that the thesaurus has inducted the social media as a synonym of World Wide Web. A plethora of posts cover our newsfeed in Facebook and furnish us with intricate of the world....

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