Vice President raises concerns over fake news websites

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Fake news, often characterized by the deliberate spread of false or misleading information, has the potential to shape public opinion, influence decision-making, and even impact the social fabric of a nation.

Vice President of India has recently voiced his apprehensions about the corrosive impact of fake news on people’s faith in the media. This concern is not only limited to the spreading of misinformation but also extends to the profound implications it has on the credibility of news sources and the trust that people place in them. To subscribe please click and access our live channel.

Addressing a National Press Day event here, Dhankhar said it is the moral duty of the media to tell the truth “and nothing but the truth”. He also said credibility is the biggest challenge the media is facing today. He felt it was time media realises that their audience is turning away from them and described it as a “hard reality, a writing on the wall”.

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Fake news, deliberately fed wrong and mischievous information, political ambitions and preferences, tendency to play power brokers and monetary considerations have eroded people’s faith in the media. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday expressed concern over fake news, saying it has eroded the faith of the people in media.

Credibility is the biggest challenge that the media is facing today. I put it as existential challenge to the media. It is surprising that this aspect is being blissfully ignored in some quarters. The expression ‘fake news’ has never been heard so loudly. It has never resonated in our ears that significantly with high decibel as it is these days, 

The Vice President of India further added that it was vital for us to understand the profound impact of AI upon the media landscape. The advent of AI has transformed the way we receive and consume news, information and entertainment. Recent technological advancements and innovations have presented unique challenges before the society, combined also with opportunities.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become an integral part of our lives. This is compounded by disruptive technologies that are taking control of our system. The role of editors has become more challenging and important as they have to act as gatekeepers and remove any doctored and false information “before it poisons the sea of information.

According to the press release, “Media organisations and media professionals must be doubly careful and alert before disseminating any information. The ground reality today is indeed alarming and worrisome. The check takes place much after the damage has been done.” 

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