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Topic : Role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security/ Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
5) Discuss Fake news problem in India. Is it a policy issue or is it due to the lackadaisical approach by the social media companies or is it a combination of both?(250 words)
Why this question:
The article captures in detail how fake news has pervaded all spheres of life, political, economic and social – with negative implications. What measures need to be taken by various stakeholders to combat fake news menace. Thus it is important topic from the point of view of paper III and IV.
Key demand of the question:
Discuss the causes and spread of fake news, Why is the spread of fake news on rise these days – causes and consequences. Most importantly discuss role of social media in it.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Introduce by stating the current conditions of the high prevalence of fake news in India.
In brief discuss – What do you understand by fake news – a type of yellow journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via the traditional print, broadcasting news media, or via Internet-based social media., Why is the spread of fake news on rise these days – role of social media, main driving force behind fake news , how to contain it, legislative measures necessary, challenges and need for multi- stakeholder approach, how it affects society in general.
Conclude with way forward – suggest steps to overcome.