It should be said that greater technology comes with greater responsibility however this doesn’t seem to be the case.
In today’s age of smartphones and social media, the dissemination of information has become so much easier as compared to a mere 10 years ago.
While this may make the spreading of information faster, it brings to light the problem, or rather refusal, of checking if the information is legit or otherwise.
Some people reason by saying that ‘it is better to be safe than sorry’.
This is irresponsible at best and while they share the information with good intention of warning their friends and family over some form of impending doom, it doesn’t take away the fact that it is still irresponsible.
Fake news and unverified information are becoming rampant these days to a point that sometimes, media practitioners become bogged down with debunking these misinformation.
What the public should realise is that there simply is no justification for sharing fake news.
When the spread of unverified news becomes a norm, this will work against society as a whole as it only teaches our children that lying is not wrong as long as it is done with good intention.
The spread of unverified news can also create unnecessary chaos, develop a negative perception towards a certain individual or give rise to a society that does not care about the truth.
Fake news is something we can all combat because sometimes, all it takes is a simple Google search before sharing something.
For those in the media line, there is a saying that we hold dear, “When in doubt, leave it out.”
This applies to fake news as well. If you are in doubt over a piece of information you come across, verify it first. If you fail to do so, leave it out and don’t spread it to other people.
In the video below, MO Vision Channel speaks to lawyer NoorHajran Mohd Noor to get her take on fake news: