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Impact of Fake News on the Society 30 January, 2021   

You understand by now that fake news and other types of false information can take on different faces. They can also have major impacts, because information shapes our world view: we make important decisions based on information. We form an idea about people or a situation by obtaining information. So if the information we saw on the Web is invented, false, exaggerated or distorted, we won’t make good decisions. 


.....Financial impacts or impacts on my health

If I like a post of a medical equipment, it pushes me to buy a product. Will I spend thousands of rupee for an ineffective product? Will this product interact with other medications I take? If I eat nothing but bananas for 12 days, obviously this can affect my health. It’s far from a balanced diet!

....Fear

Will I stop going out because news of dangerous criminals who are in my town? Will I have insomnia? Will my quality of life decrease?


....Bullying and violence against innocent people

False rumors that target specific individuals can have major consequences. These individuals may be harassed on social media, and targeted by insults and threats that sometimes have real-life impacts. You must never rely only on non-validated information circulating on social media to decide that a person is guilty. This is one of the reasons why the media has spoken so much about the fake news phenomenon, because this is an important democratic issue. In short, the impacts are very real and we must avoid sharing fake news. There are many websites which sift fake news from the real. It is better to have a look at them in case you doubt the veracity of a particular news.

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