In one sentence, fake news is destroying transparency on the internet. The yellow journalism or we can say propaganda that consists of hoaxes or misinformation spread via traditional print or online social media to mislead in order to gain politically or financially.
In a recent case, The Siasat Daily (Hyderabad based Urdu newspaper) ran a fake news on its website about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being voted the fourth most corrupt party in the world. The newspaper stated that the survey is being conducted by “CNN”.
Siasat now deleted this fake story both from its twitter and facebook account. BOOM emailed the Siasat.com to understand the truth behind the fake story. The following is the text that accompanied the graphic:
“At this ranking the BJP has not only overtaken much known rebellious German Nazi party but is also rubbing shoulders with world renown notorious dictatorial political parties like the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz, PML(N), the National Resistance Movement – Uganda, Progressive Action Party of Cuba which came third, Vietnam’s Communist Party, the Kuomintang of China and the Nationalist Fascist Party of Italy.”
Earlier in March 2017, a fake story surfaced according to which the Congress party being voted the fourth most corrupt party in the world by a survey conducted by “BBC”.
Many websites debunked the story after it went viral.
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