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Rumours spread through fake news can create a lot of social turmoil in a country and pose a risk to national security. Analyse.

Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges

4. Rumours spread through fake news can create a lot of social turmoil in a country and pose a risk to national security. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 3 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the threats posed by disinformation and ways to tackle it.

Directive:

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving the context of spread of misinformation in the digital age.

Body:

First, write about the various political, economic and social consequences of the spread of misinformation and fake news. Substantiate with examples.

Next, write about how the above can compromise national security.

Next, write about the measures that are needed to tackle the above.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward.