Did you know that nearly half of any social media platform users report they see fake news on their feed every day? That’s so much FAKE NEWS! Fake news can be pretty alarming and they can influence people with a lot of hate comments. Fake news spreads misinformation and this can be because of the general social pressures or the imminent cognitive bias prevalent. Twitter and Facebook have the most circulation of fake news. We have one such instance on Twitter about a politician named Naseem Khan.
A few days back, on 10th October, Nidhi Gupta tweeted to the PM Narendra Modi about why Naseem Khan, a Maharashtra Congress MLA should be arrested for his hail, “Pakistan Zindabad” and how he challenges PM Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh to file a sedition case against him.
Nidhi Gupta tweeted with following caption
नसीम खान जैसे हिजड़ों को कौन वोट देता है? इसे तुरंत गिरफ्तार किया जान चाहिए! यह है चांदिवली मुंबई से विधायक। कांग्रेसी ,पाकिस्तान जिंदाबाद के नारे लगा रहा है , ….! आक थू #अरैस्ट_नसीमखान
Who gives vote to person like Naseem Khan? He should be arrested soon, he is MLA from Chandivali. Congressi chanting Pakistan Jindabad.
Archived Tweet: http://archive.fo/RVmGJ
There were a lot of hate comments about him and how he shouldn’t stay in the country after seeing the video. The video was made to look it was so real but the reality was something else. Without realising the gravity of the issue, a lot of people hurled abuses and how he is disrespecting his motherland. Here are a few snapshots of the comments that the video has garnered.
Now, let us know what the reality of it was:
We noticed the logo of Mushaira Media, when we googled we found a YouTube channel with the same name. We looked for this video but couldn’t find this video not sure if they have deleted it.
We found one tweet where Sachin Sawant shared a video in which both videos fake and original have been shared.
भाजपा ही राजकीय विकृति आहे. @BJP4India ची आयटी सेल ही विरोधी पक्षातील नेत्यांच्या भाषणांचे व्हिडिओ तोडून एडीट करून आपल्या पद्धतीने जनतेची दिशाभूल करत असते. @INCMaharashtra चे नेते @naseemkhaninc यांचे भाषण असेच तोडून व्हायरल केले जात आहे. या अत्यंत गलिच्छ प्रकाराचा जाहीर निषेध pic.twitter.com/9fzS4qPBZq
— Sachin Sawant (@sachin_inc) October 11, 2019
Archived Version: http://archive.fo/FS3bx
Naseem Khan referred to Sri Sri Ravishankar at the World Culture Festival which was organized by him in Delhi in 2016. Naseem Khan said in video “मैं पूछना चाहता हूँ मोदीजी से, की आज यमुना के किनारे दिल्ली में, श्री श्री रविशंकर ने पाकिस्तान ज़िंदाबाद लगाया, वह राजनाथ सिंह की मौजूदगी में, उनके ऊपर देश द्रोह का मुकदमा चलेगा या नहीं, अगर हिम्मत है मोदीजी के अंदर , राजनाथ ने अगर अपनी माँ का दूध पिया है, तो देशद्रोह का मुकदमा चला के दिखाए”
Translation: I want to ask Modiji, today in Delhi on the shore of the Yamuna, Sri Sri Ravishankar said ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, in the presence of Rajnath Singh. Was a case of sedition slapped on him or not? If Modiji and Rajnath (Singh) have guts, then let them slap a case of sedition).
At the event, Sri Ravishankar advocated peace and said: “Pakistan Zindabad” and “Jai Hind” should go hand in hand. This statement caused some uproar then. He was just mentioning that instance in his speech which then became prey to fake news and the spread of misinformation.
We need to understand that the spreading of fake news is evident and as responsible citizens of our country, we have to realise what the truth is about any news clipping you view or see. It is the call for an action to be taken because of the spreading of fake news, the social ethos of a nation can be changed. This can lead to severe actions like mob lynching, hate speeches and influencing the youth in the wrong direction. Hence, whenever you spot any fake news, reach out to spread the reality of the issue or alert the authorities of the social media platform. They will take the necessary action and make the platform a better place to interact and communicate.