Social media has subverted the meaning of real news.Mobile technology has become really advanced and now almost everyone has smartphones in his hands. This technology has brought about immense benefits but added to that it has brought many disadvantages and dangers too.
Nowadays social media has become a strong medium for sharing and spreading the news. Now, this social media is also being misused by many who spread the fake news to instigate hatred and damage image of either a community or person or brands or commodities etc. The list is never-ending, as there are no concrete means to identify the genuineness of the news. Based on these fake news many a time people, including celebrities, have to issue a statement to deny the news or a party has to take a stand that such news is wrong or fake. Many times people get hurt due to these fake news on social media and it is becoming a trend.
There are laws under IT Act to punish the person who starts/ helps in spreading such news but due to poor implementation the situation is going from bad to worse day by day and the real news is getting lost in the process.
I have seen newspapers taking due care before releasing any news and in case of any mistake, an apology or correction is also tendered the very next day. This procedure is not very popular in case of TV news and there is hardly any apology or any correction in case of a mistake. On the contrary, they even show some viral news from the social media on the news channels without any proper inquiry of its authenticity.
Social media is taking over the real news slowly and steadily and is subverting the real news by spreading fake news.
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