Government Issues Advisory to Social Media Sites In Order to Curb Fake Information
In this chronic situation, social media sites in India are witnessing a rapid increase in the spread of fake news and also misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak.
The government has issued an advisory urging the social media sites to control the circulation of fake news, since it is their job to prevent the spread of misinformation in this panic-stricken situation.
The advisory told that, Covid-19 outbreak has turned out to be a global issue and it has been witnessing that there is a growing trend of circulation of anonymous data and misinformation related to the virus, which is creating panic among the population.
In order to prevent this, government has asked these social media sites like Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp etc. to promote authentic and reliable information as well as launch awareness campaigns on the virus outbreak.
Government has urged the social media platforms to educate their users to not spread or upload any false information regarding Covid-19.Pavan Duggal, one of the nation's top cyber law experts told IANS that some dedicated cybercriminal groups are spreading fake news and hence creating panic among people. Also, Indian government are turning out to be helpless in this situation.
WhatsApp has implemented Coronavirus Information Hub which provides data about coronavirus and also donated $1 million to Poynter Institute's International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN).