Topic: Salient features of world’s role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges
6. Who is to blame for the menace of rumors? 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? Discuss. (250 words)
Reference: The Hindu
Why this question:
The article discusses the threat of fake news to the efforts against COVID-19 and the necessary measures to tackle it. Thus the question.
Key demand of the question:
Explain the menace of rumors, discuss the reasons causing it and suggest measures to address them.
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:
Briefly discuss the context – Misinformation linked to supposed cures for COVID-19 and misleading claims have proliferated on social media networks.
To start with, explain the dangers posed by inaccurate information. Discuss the reasons that often lead to creation of such rumors – misinformation, explain whether it’s a policy issue or is it due to the lackadaisical approach by the social media companies or is it a combination of both. Take a balanced stand and give your opinion with suitable justifications.
Conclude with way forward.