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IS SOCIAL MEDIA JUST FAKE NEWS?

By giving a platform to anyone with a data connection and adequate know-how, social media has democratised the process by which points of view can find amplification. But unlike newspapers and news channels whose work must pass through fact checks and an editorial process, content on social media often comes up against doubts about authenticity; an understandable response given the recent phenomenon of ‘fake news’.

However, it is no longer only a celebrity Botox job that netizens get into heated debates over. Social media frontlines are just as populated with stories of distressed voices. And as of late, it is often their coverage that forms the crux of newspaper reportage; case in point, the recent large-scale molestation at Gargi college (pictures attached).

Is it time then, to reconsider the values we associate with both big name newspapers and news channels, and online individual accounts of happenings? How much longer will the binary of ‘trustworthy vs baseless’ that we filter them through suffice?