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Verify before you amplify: Combating misinformation is the need of the hour

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Verify before you amplify: Combating misinformation is the need of the hour

An old video showing a Kuki politician greeting Sambit Patra, along with Meitei politicians, has been circulating on social media, causing widespread confusion and concern. Despite being an old video, its resurfacing has fuelled speculation and mistrust, particularly in light of the indication of dialogues between the government and Kuki militants. The incident highlights the susceptibility of the public to false information, especially when fuelled by underlying political tensions and societal anxieties. This is an attempt to create a feeling of mistrust for BJP among the voters. However, such fake news vilifying Congress has also been seen circulating. This is a clear violation of the norms of democratic election. The recent statement by the Chief Election Commissioner addresses the grave challenges posed by fake news and propaganda during elections, highlighting the critical need for proactive measures to combat this insidious phenomenon.
The Chief Election Commissioner’s assertion that “Tackling misinformation in today’s digital age is complex” underscores the multifaceted nature of the problem. Misinformation, often spread through social media platforms and other digital channels, has the potential to distort public perceptions, manipulate voter behaviour, and undermine the very foundation of free and fair elections. To address this threat, the Election Commission has implemented a series of measures aimed at detecting and debunking fake news in its nascent stages. By being proactive in identifying and countering misinformation, the Commission aims to nip false narratives in the bud and prevent them from gaining undue influence.
The mantra of “Verify Before You Amplify” serves as a guiding principle in the fight against fake news, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking and reliance on authoritative sources of information. By encouraging citizens to exercise discernment and skepticism when consuming online content, the Commission seeks to foster a culture of media literacy and responsible civic engagement. Moreover, the Commission’s commitment to dealing severely with the originators of fake news underscores the gravity of the offense and sends a clear message that attempts to subvert the electoral process will not be tolerated.

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