© Media Watch 10 (3) 737-750, 2019
ISSN 0976-0911 E-ISSN 2249-8818
Fake News and Social Media: Indian Perspective
Aasita Bali & Prathik Desai
Christ University, India
The unlimited freedom made social media platforms are susceptible to misuse, misinformation, and thus, fake news. In the last few years, social media has turned out to be a massive player in shaping public discourse in a democratic space (Marda & Milan, 2018). Though there have been pressures from policymakers on service/platform providers, nothing concrete has built up towards accountability of the user or platform proprietors. In India, there has been a consistent increase of social media users and instances of the misuse of this medium. This paper seeks to examine how the propagation of fake news has disrupted the public sphere and possible policies that can be implemented to curb the plague of fake news. The relationship between various events of violence reported in India media and the role of fake news in instigating chaos are discussed in this paper. It also tries to review policies initiatives taken by various countries, especially in Europe and possible measures which India could take to restrict the flow of fake news.
Keywords: Facebook, fake news, India, media law, policy, social media, WhatsApp
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Aasita Bali (Ph.D., CHRIST, 2018) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. Her research interests include Indian cinema, millennial studies, media theories, media psychology, advertising, and digital media.
Prathik Desai is currently pursuing his Masters in Media and Communication Studies at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India. His areas of research interest include social media, political communication, and ecology.