With the emergence of social media, false news has become a serious social issue in Pakistan. People, either common or famous, do not bother to check the facts of even more serious and insulting news before they are shared on social media and they are voluntarily circulated as small-scale joke. In recent years and especially during the election campaign, systematic false news was used by political opponents injuring each other, even when the victim was on deathbed. One of these victims was Kulsoom Nawaz.
Kulsoom Nawaz is a woman who promises regardless of her husband's political position. She was a housewife, who never wanted to be part of the political arena until the day that Musharraf arrested her husband and she remained without any choice. So she came out on the streets, protested aggressively and refused to give up. She was a controversial woman who never spoke badly about anyone.
Kulsoom Nawaz fought with cancer for almost a year. In her illness, politicians, anchors and social media spread over and over again that it's all fake. "It's a lie," they said. "She's okay" they confirmed. On the other hand, propaganda at Sharif's arrest time was that she had already expired, but the news was kept secret to politically exploited later.
And then she left.
After her death, there is a question that is slightly greater than politics for Pakistani people? In an emotionally sensitive and conscientious society, this question should be addressed to those who blatantly lied about their illness, which called this news, is it interesting to know what they have to say now?
Thanks to social media 70% of news is discredited. Just as we have seen in the dust fund. False news is so common that it's so common to deny and deny the bluff is on them in whose name the news is circulating but people spreading these hoaxes are so smart and so fast nobody can stop their evil.
Our crisis is that we do not like to rethink or take responsibility for reporting confirmed news. We just believe in discretion without any evidence. One can find out all at one touch and confirm the credibility of news from trusted sources but we do not want to waste these precious minutes from our busy lives and not just take it as it comes without passing it irresponsible and becoming a participant in creating the pool of false information.
There are so many sham pages on Facebook so many IDs without names of all social media that make it difficult to tell false from real. This threat has caused humiliation to major institutions as well. For example, the NAB chairman noted $ 4.9 billion money laundering for India and later suffered humiliation, as the news was fake.
This weekend the news about the English football club, Fulham's owner Shahid Khan's $ 1 billion donation announcement for the Women's Research Fund proved to be fake.
For the most part, the purpose of circulating false news is to humiliate opponents, destroy their images, make them controversial and create confusion in the mind of the larger audience. However, it has been to the extent that it is difficult to find a single person in Pakistan unanimously credible, because any known person at any time has been maligned or fought against social media. Pakistan needs a strong paralysis and it is an early implementation.
Legislation and its implementation are not within our domain, but one thing is in our hands, very simple and simple, that we should start verifying and checking all news before we believe it or spread it further and act as responsible citizen.
Especially in the case of Begum Kulsoom Nawa, I only want to feel the feelings of everyone who believed in this false news and those who spread lies about her illness. What do they have to say? Do they have all the courage to arrive and accept their mistake and apologize, just as Aitzaz Ahsan did?
This is just an occurrence of delusion and scoring through designed news. We are living in the era of increasingly polarized media, false news, lies, propaganda and conspiracies. Today is the time when the jitna jhoota hai woh utna hello high and clear hai !
The author has a background in communication studies and works with media analysis
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