Manifestations of Fake News - Possible Legal and Policy Issues to Be Considered before Formulating Any Law in India

7 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2020

Date Written: June 04, 2020

Abstract

During this lockdown situation, we have witnessed array of rumors or fake news; from Amul Company shutting down its milk chilling centers to the effective use of ginger, lemon and honey to counter the virus or to dispersing or spraying of the medicine by helicopters. Clearly, the proliferation of inaccurate or misleading news is spiraling upwards, especially during COVID-19 Pandemic situation. Our mobile phones and social media accounts are flooded with fake posts, doctored videos and congenial but unverified theories (especially qua the origin of Corona Virus and its cure), which are quickly shared or forwarded, especially through Whatsapp, Tiktok and Facebook, and out of which some may tickle your fancies at one hand, but some may create tension and unrest amongst people at large. For instance, just couple of days ago, a video on social media went viral where the soldiers of two different armies were shown to be engaged in a provocative incursions and it was being claimed that Chinese soldiers are provoking the Indian army soldiers at the Ladakh Indo-China Border, but the original video was traced back to the year 2014 and pertaining to Arunachal Pradesh Border, though the Indian army has never avowed for the video as well. Such unverified claims or rumors are dangerous and have the ability to instill fear and terror in the minds of people and may cause chaos and disruption in the society and tensions between the countries.

Hence, the question is that what is this concept of ‘Fake News’ and why it has assumed immense significance and it is also important to know that in what forms, it exists or reaches to us.

Keywords: Fake News, Journalism, Yellow Journalism, Intermediaries, Media Law, Telecommunication Law

JEL Classification: L82,L96, K14, K15,K39

Suggested Citation

Arora, Himanshu, Manifestations of Fake News - Possible Legal and Policy Issues to Be Considered before Formulating Any Law in India (June 04, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3636716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3636716

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