FAKE NEWS

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Fake News has become a buzzword now, one cannot deny that with the proliferation of mass media and especially the social media platforms becoming a mainstream source of news and information, the problem has reached new heights. The textbook definition of Fake News is a piece of fabricated information that mimics and masquerades as a piece of legitimate news but it lacks the news media’s editorial norms and processes that ensure the accuracy and credibility of the information. It is pertinent to mention that it differs, although overlaps with other information disorders like misinformation or disinformation. The determinations for creating a fake news outlet vary but it is sure that this is a global problem and requires global coordination to overcome the menace. It poses serious threats to the human, national and international security at one end, while more importantly, it is a peril for the democratic liberal order and order itself, on the other. It should also be taken in consideration that the news that you do not like is not fake news as the former US President Donald Trump stamped several media outlets spreading fake news but the news lacking accurate information is a piece of fake news. The problem is not new but it augmented during the recent coast-to-coast lockdowns imposed to curb the pandemic, leading to increased internet activity. First, we have witnessed the proliferation of fake news regarding coronavirus, its effects and remedies, and then the origin of the virus itself. The problem of fake news is spiraling into a weapon, which is being used by nation-states for creating chaos, destabilizing and fragmenting societies, manufacturing consent, or engineering a civil upheaval. Pakistan has been facing a similar problem and EU Disinfo Lab revealed it last year where a 15-year-old largest hoax news network was exhumed. Every coming day we can see the deep-fake news videos on social media channels. In order to overcome this challenge, we as individuals have to play our role and flag the fake news sites and sources.

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