Hazards of Misleading Information on Social Media

Hazards of Misleading Information on Social Media

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2013 – A forwarded Whatsapp video of the lynching of a two year old boy sparked riots in Muzzaffarnagar, India. While the video recording was of an incident in Pakistan, it was promoted as Hindu- Muslim rivalry act here. 2017 – On the suspicion of child lifting, nine people were killed in Jharkhand in three days. This was after a Whatsapp message was being circulated with the message below: (Transcripted in English) ...Suspected child lifters are carrying sedatives, injections, spray, cotton and small towels. They speak Hindi, Bangla and Malyali. If you happen to see any stranger near your house immediately inform local police as he could be a member of the child lifting gang,” The youth groups based in tribal-dominated East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan districts, received whatsapp messages of…
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