Exposure of fake news to the Indian social media users

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In the modern world, people are too techno-friendly and dependent on technology using the Internet for every work. The same goes for the news. People are shifting from traditional mass media to digital news platforms and getting news through websites, news portals, social media, etc. If you are dependent on the Internet for every kind of information, then you will face false information on the Internet. False or fake news is defined as any information that does not have any credible and reliable source behind it or any misleading information that is likely to mislead the public. The aim behind fake news transmission is to damage a person's or entity's reputation or advertising revenue. If you want not to fall into the fake news you should know about fake news detection and media literacy. The main purpose of the study is to check the exposure of fake news awareness and fake news detection methods among social media users. In the current scenario, this is much necessary to know that social media users have the advisable knowledge of fake news detection and media literacy because people easily fall into the rumors. Mob lynching is one of the biggest rumors on the Indian Internet. In this research, the survey method and questionnaire for data collection were used. The questionnaire was distributed randomly over different social media platforms and emails to the intended respondents. The findings obtained reveal that most fake or false news in India is transmitted through WhatsApp, but social media users have adequate knowledge of fake news and media literacy.

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Bandana Pandey

Gautam Buddha University

Author for correspondence.
Email: bandana@gbu.ac.in
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3195-8807

PhD, Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Media Studies, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Yamuna Highway, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 201312, Republic of India

Guarav Kumar

Gautam Buddha University

Email: gk.sdsadar@gmail.com
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0159-4499

Doctorate Scholar, Department of Mass Communication and Media Studies, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Yamuna Highway, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, 201312, Republic of India

Leila O. Algavi

RUDN University

Email: algavi-lo@rudn.ru
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5335-8506

Candidate of Philology, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Journalism, Faculty of Philology

6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Manish Kumar

RUDN University

Email: mannipandey66@gmail.com
ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7115-112X

PhD student, Department of Mass Communication, Faculty of Philology

6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Vishal Sharma

RUDN University

Email: vishalsharma1393@gmail.com
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0451-2893

PhD student, Department of Mass Communication, Philological Faculty

6 Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation


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