The brouhaha over ‘fake news’ must be asserted in a context. When news is reasoned as opinion to manufacture false narratives, those who are concerned about the credibility of news must raise their voice
There is much furore on ‘fake news’ these days in India. It is a term that became famous all over the world, after US president, Donald Trump liberally used it to describe some sections of the American media. But in this age of internet where disinformation is spread at lightning speed, fake news is a phenomenon that affects us all one way or the other.
Danger to Democracy
Fake news is more dangerous when it is spread by verified handles on twitter. Fake news where the event has simply been manufactured, like trying to pass off videos from Guatemala as videos from India, or by photoshopping pictures is relatively easy to debunk. What is more dangerous is the other kind of fake news, where there is an element of truth in the story, but the facts are so smeared with opinions that it is difficult to decipher the bare truth. The recent narrative built around the unfortunate crime in Kathua where an 8-year-old child was found murdered is a classic example of this. A heinous crime was used to build a narrative demonising all Hindus.