Giving ‘Legs’ To Fake News And Propaganda


 

In this age, where information sharing occurs at the blink of an eye, articles, photos, and videos could reach millions of people in mere seconds. While we all benefit from ease of accessibility to information, we should remember that not all information is created equal. Not everything that we see on our social media timeline is factual. Whether something is factual or not is something that we should remember before we ‘like’ or share posts that alight in our social media feeds.

Take, for example, a particular video that has recently been making the rounds on Jamaican social media. The video shows a group of young men with high powered weapons firing round after round into the air. The suggestion and argument by some infer that the incident was in Jamaica. However, there is no proof of this.

Upon viewing the video, one thing that was noticeably ‘missing’ was the expected ‘badman talks’ and ‘word throwing’ that Jamaican men are known to participate in when ‘goofing off’ in groups. The authenticity of the video is, therefore, questionable. Further, the road seen in the video seems made of concrete, and very very few roads in Jamaica are made of concrete. This particular video is not the first video to be circulated locally, with the inference that the incident occurred in Jamaica and was later found to be fake news. We should all become more responsible for the content that we like and share in our social media feeds, and stop unwittingly, or purposefully, giving legs to fake news and propaganda.

 

Kadene Chambers

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