Kerala Flood: Fake news creates panic in State
There are reports that several fake news stories and pictures are being circulated through the social media platforms purposefully or accidentally to create a panic like situation in the South Indian state of Kerala, which has been badly affected by serious rainfall-related disasters.
It is true that the state is in a very bad situation. Flood, landslides, continuing rainfall have created serious devastation across the state. People are extremely depressed. The state government has even called off the official celebration of its most important festival Onam.
But, the unfortunate fact is that there is still a small section of people who are less sensitive about the danger the state is undergoing. They are the ones who spread fake information about the rainfall-related disasters in the social media platforms.
The fake information confuses the public and officials, who are in the affected regions, and the others, who are worried about the affected. This also creates unnecessary confusions.
It is advised to think twice before sharing something through the social media platforms. If you are not sure about the authenticity of the information, please don’t share it through the social media platforms.
It is identified that the WhatsApp groups are the prime social media platforms used to spread fake information. It is very important to stop the rapid spread of fake information for the good of the society.
Let’s unite against fake information! Let’s decide to declare the source of whatever information we share about the rainfall-related disasters in the state through the social media platforms!
To create a precedent, the writer discloses that the picture he has used in the story has been taken from the New Indian Express gallery.
Are you in the affected area? Have you been affected by the rainfall-related issues? If possible, share your experience with us!
Vignesh. S. G
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