What actually is fake news? We tend to think of all the social media posts which are full of wonderful and questionable stories. The most visible feature is the posts. There is much more to fake news than the overemphasized articles on our social platforms. Advertisements have always been around, and not new. It might seem that fake news is a new thing. But the only new thing about it is the platform used now. The main agenda of spreading such false information can vary from criminal to political matter. Business purposes can also be a reason.
The actual achievement of any advertisement is by the actual impact it has on the real world. Now finally everyone has realized how important it is to fight against fake news. There are various agencies now set up to puncture the stories that are considered to be false or misleading. Now the government is also considering implementing regulations and arresting sites that publish distorted information. Also, adjournment of mysterious accounts, people can now report fake news.
However ultimately it all depends upon the users using it. The fake news virus is so stubborn that it hasn’t taken a back seat even in this pandemic. While not only just that nation but also the world is trying to protect against Coronavirus. Our social sites have widespread sorts of posts. It includes the details, origin, spread of the virus. Even some untested and unreliable ‘strategy of treatment’, not to forget the ‘nuskas’ of our ‘WhatsApp University’. All these deceptive posts and pseudo-news are more louden when elevated by our mass media, bloggers, and literature.
Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 states that “If someone makes a false alarm regarding any kind of activity and due to which there is chaos in the society then he/she will be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine.” There are several arrests made on the basis of this section.
Section 505 (1)(b) of Indian Penal Code, 1860 states that “If anyone tries to spread some false alarm or fear in any section of the society, due to which a person commits an offence against the state then he’ll be liable to imprisonment for 3 years or with fine or both.”
The legal complications are constantly misunderstood. People believe that whatever comes to them in their devices must be authentic and verified.‘Facts Chaos’ a psychological disease. It has become extremely bothersome to recapitulate truth from truthfulness. In the end, I would like to conclude by the lines said by George Bernard Shaw,
“Beware of the false knowledge, it is more dangerous than ignorance”.
Jahnavi Agarwal | Founder & Editor-in-Chief