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Battling Misinformation Responsibly?


Battling Misinformation Responsibly?


In today’s digital society, the prevalence of misinformation has become a significant concern for many individuals. With the rise of social media platforms, anyone can easily share information with a global audience, resulting in a massive influx of news stories. Unfortunately, this has also led to harmful media content, including fake news, misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech. As a result, social media companies have implemented algorithms and preventative measures to combat this issue.

The question of who is to blame for misinformation arises. Is it the social media companies who should be held responsible, or the users themselves? In my opinion, the responsibility for battling misinformation cannot be solely placed on either party. Instead, it requires a multi-faceted approach, including media and information literacy education, responsible use of social media platforms, and effective measures by social media companies to combat misinformation.

Media and information literacy is a life skill that primarily focuses on an individual’s identity and how to navigate the information haze and protect oneself from the ill effects of information disorder. The critical study of media messages has always been focused on media education. The basic idea behind media literacy is that media messages are constructed with embedded values and viewpoints with a profit motive and decoded differently by individuals. Scholars have always enveloped media literacy as an idea to access, analyse, evaluate, and create media messages. Ultimately, the key to combating misinformation is empowering individuals to critically analyse media messages and make informed decisions about the information they consume and share.

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has been testing a monthly subscription for verifying accounts to get a blue badge. Earlier, these badges were given on the basis of their status as influential personalities, public figures like celebrities, journalists, and politicians. However, this minor tweak may have changed the whole meaning of the blue badge. It is essential to ensure that verified accounts are credible sources of information. While this change may be aimed at growing content creators and building communities, it should not compromise the public’s ability to mitigate misinformation.

Dr. Priyanka Sachdeva

Dr. Priyanka Sachdeva is presently working as an Assistant Professor (Guest), at the Delhi School of Journalism, the University of Delhi(under Govt. of India), New Delhi, India. She is the IAMCR (International Association of Media and Communication Research) Ph.D Ambassador, India. She is a Research Associate for the major Research Project of ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research) on the topic of Youth and Social Media Engagement. She is a teaching assistant at SWAYAM MOOCs Course ‘Society and Media’ an initiative by The Ministry of Education, Govt. of India. She is a PhD from the University School of Mass Communication, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (under Govt. NCT), Her area of interest includes Media Literacy, Youth, Digital Media, ICT, political engagement, opinion formation and Research. She has convened a National conclave (2022) and an International webinar (2023) for IAMCR. She has contributed her best efforts towards MOOC(Massive Open Online resources) through e-text, videos and e-learning. Dr. Sachdeva has published book chapters and research papers in renowned books and journals and presented research papers internationally and nationally.

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  1. Shiva shankar March 7, 2023

    Good. Unlike Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook were not verifying the online content properly. Just experience with posting the content in Wikipedia, you have to give lot of citations and references for images, content you posted in the article online, it’s not as easy as you posted in META. Overall social media content losing the ground online. Especially commercial products owners created a mess in the name of Social media, and social media companies need them too to generate revenues.🤔


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