CORONAVIRUS – “A Dark World in Technology”
CORONAVIRUS – “A Dark World in Technology”
“As corona-virus is proved to be one of the darkest epidemic, our technology is not behind.”
As we have heard “Rumors travel faster then the truth” but we are dealing with “Rumors travelling faster than the virus”. Amid this corona-virus lockdown, many social sites are becoming the top most source of news such as whatsapp, facebook etc. I am sure, most of people must be getting updated with the news by these social sites “so called universities”, rather than the news channels and news websites. And also, they are highly reliable on them without knowing, those shares on these apps could be a super fake news, resulting diversion of various minds towards a wrong deed, superstitions and absence of public as well as internal peace.
False data and false news has flown so much across social media, and fake remedies are in plenty. Conspiracy theories about the virus’s origins, and about those responsible for its spread, have gained grip as they move across the social media apps.
Government and State Police are facing a dual challenge during the lockdown imposed in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the spread of infection and to restraint the spread of fake news and hate speech on social media.
Enlisted some of more widespread rumors, maybe you must have also listened to:
- Access to supermarkets based on customers’ ID – 23 April 2020 – this was false as contact details were gathered of customers for contact tracing, just to safeguard the well-being of customers and supermarket staff.
- COVID-19 April Fool’s pranks – 1 April 2020– asked not to circirculate on WhatsApp and social media.
- Vegetable sellers licking vegetable – 10 April,2020 – an audio clip went viral claiming that vegetable sellers were licking the vegetables to spread Coronavirus. Govt. issued the audio clip fake.
You must have been come across so many fake news like this. Its been clearly recommended by the Government and state police to not to rely on them. If you receive these messages or any other unsubstantiated information over WhatsApp or other online platforms, they have urged you not to forward or circulate them. Remember, if you are not sure, don’t share.
Also, by now, most social media groups have got an advisory from an entity called the Cyber Crime Portal of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). The advisory states how social media groups and their members should function during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Government has banned derogatory or discriminatory messages towards any community or causing panic and confusion among the people. The order also prohibits any attempts to incite mistrust against the government officials or their acts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and such messages causing danger to public health or safety or public peace. For all such acts by any person or group, the person designated as “Group Admin” shall be held personally liable for such content in his/her group and attract action under the relevant laws.
India is using provisions in the Information Technology Act, Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act to tackle misinformation, false news and privacy violations.
Strict rules have been implemented to stop spreading confusion related to virus, and greater responsibility has been imposed on the internet service providers to remove fake content off their platforms or block those senders.
Therefore, we Indians also have a great duty and a responsibility on our shoulders to prevent spreading of virus, as well as the fake content, data, and news related to them. Already, all of us are dealing with a breakdown and havoc. Let’s not create more. Lets not make it more then this worse for people’s health, safety and in their mind. Lets take a pledge, to not to spread those news and data which we do not believe to be true. And to know whether they are true or not, various news channels and websites are continuously spreading their contact details, you can send them to know whether that message is truth or fake.
Its time to acknowledge between truth and fake. Its time to save ourselves from this dark world too.
Article By Sneha:-
17 thoughts on “CORONAVIRUS – “A Dark World in Technology””
The is the best article among all the article have read on the same topic and the topic chosen by the author is the much needed topic which should be addressed and have been expressed in the very proper format and manner but at the last author should add some points related to provisions and legal framework of the topic.
This article is very informative and made me aware of the technology related issues of corona virus. Apart from providing information, the author has motivated and included a call for action. However, it would be better if the author could mention some legal provisions under which these acts are an offence for a clear understanding.
Seriously this needs to stopped, misguiding others through these social media apps and creating threat among people. People also without cross check just forward the false and fake news to others. Awareness must be there about what is true and what is not.
Literally this is a rediculous thing to spread hatred , wrong , misguiding information on social platforms amid In corona virus pandemic …govt and competent authorities should punished all those who are sharing fake news in social Platforms ..
The article is very informative and much needed. People are believing on all rumors that are being spread through social media and then reacting upon it. We do not need hatred during a global pandemic. It is a very well written article for a layman but I do feel that specific legal provisions should have been mentioned.
its a true fact the most of the people in our society right now are believing more to what these “social media universities” are saying rather than what what official government sites and good reliable news channels and paper are saying. This article is something all these people should try reading and understand the mistakes they are making. Instead of misunderstanding and communicating hate and false news they should help people understand the right! Really good attempt and really good topic for current scenario.
Legit a great article .Day after day India is becoming a more tech savvy country and this technology revolution brings few drawbacks too . people here believes what they hear and few illiterates uses social media for disturbing the peaceful coexistence of society by spreading fake and derogatory messages which leads to riots and other mishaps . Even in this pandemic people are not stopping from spreading fake news . Great article and it do covers all relevant points but you could’ve mentioned the section 505(1) of IPC and IT ACT.
One of the very best topic is fake news and the need to resolve this issue is much more than ever.
this write up will surely make one understand the repurcussions it could pose and i think through this article an ordinary individual can get insights of this dark world and educate and aware themselves.
The author has chosen most apt topic taking in consideration the current time of crises. Social media has become a tool of spreading false information in this time of crises. The author rightly mentions that the government is facing twin challenge. In addition, the efforts made my newspapers and new channels are also appreciative, in making endless attempts to distinguish fake information from authentic one.
This article is extremely required in the present scenario to aware everyone that before forwarding any news from different sources they have to check first whether the news is correct or not being a rationale citizen.
This article must aware people from fraud. This is amazing information.
Great article which represents the today’s reality of spreading rumours faster than Corona virus. It awares people for not sharing fake information which can cause threat to anyone in this critical situation
Though the article covers the stuff that needs to be covered, I would have been preferred seeing what steps the author has taken to prevent spread of rumours personally. Some instances along with the steps taken by the government would have also been informative. There are a few grammatical errors as well.
Facts! People don’t keep in mind the repercussions that every click or every forward holds with it. Mindless anger without any background check is extremely toxic and problematic. The lynchings are often traced back to mindless rumours that circulate and create an unnecessary havoc. Loved this article.
This article must aware people from fraud and its represents today’s reality.
Nice article showcasing the reality of our society in the period of this emergency due to global pandemic and one of the biggest issue of fake news and rumours.It is true that these rumours spread even faster than the virus and sometimes lynchings are often traced back to thses mindless rumours. So it’s our responsibility to stay away and report these fake news.
it is a true fact that corona virus is the darkest pandemic but yes our technology is not behind. This rumor game is very popular in India which is wrong, during this hard time some people are spreading rumors about corona virus.