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Raksha Kumar
Freelance Multimedia Journalist
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Raksha Kumar
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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Why Fake News Spreads

Unsubstantiated news is as much a problem in India as anywhere else in the world. However, by February 2017, Whatsapp had more than 200 million monthly active users in the country. Moreover, by December 2016, 16.32 % of 1.3 billion Indians accessed social  networks. With such a vast reach of social media, how does one prevent false stories, news items to be distributed widely? Well, there is no way. The only way is to understand why this happens and be empowered by that information. This podcast looks closely at confimation bias, specifically in the Indian context.

Confirmation bias is when one is biased towards a particular ideology - religious or political - and is given information which is aligned with such inherent bias, that information is absorbed more easily.  To understand why confirmation bias is so dangerous in India, one needs to study the extremely diverse and fraught society. With thousands of languages, hundreds of ethnicities and religions, the country is held rather precariously. The podcast gives us a peak into Pratik Sinha's work on fact checking news items. 

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