'Mulayam Singh Yadav dies at 92 ?'
By Kunika Chaudhary
Mulayam Singh, a senior politician of the Samajwadi Party was allegedly declared dead by some fake sources. This story created a huge mess in electronic media.
Fake news spreads really fast and some people forward without any authentication. It is nothing new that fake news has targeted a senior politician and claimed his death. This time the news was about the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and senior leader of the Samajwadi Party. According to the fake assumptions Mulayam Singh Yadav who was a Member of the Legislative Council has passed away. That news was detailed as they claimed that on Saturday the senior leader breathed his last at his native village in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh around 9 pm at the age of 92 and the last rites were performed on Sunday. This news made a huge mess in the world of Media as some big channels printed the news on their E- portals so many people believed that the news was authentic when it was not. Fake news has a great impact on the thinking of the people and it can create a lot of damage. Later Aparna Singh's daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav came in front of the people via tweet and said that the leader is fine and nothing has happened to him.
The same situation has come in front of the people during the August month when some known journalists claimed that our former president Pranav Mukherjee was no longer with us. Many people believed the news as the President's health was not in good condition from the past few days. The rumoured air was cleaned by Abhijit Mukherjee son of the former president said in a tweet that Pranav Mukherjee was alive and was in hemodynamically stable. Fake news is highly dangerous as someone has rightly said that half knowledge is dangerous. News portals should promote awareness regarding the negative impacts of fake news and should be aware of the citizens about authentication.