All of us must have seen the following message circulating on whatsapp some years ago-

Congratulation to all of us. Our national anthem Jana Gana Mana… is declared as the “BEST ANTHEM OF THE WORLD” by UNESCO. Just few minutes ago.

Kindly share this.
Very proud to be an INDIAN.

 

Of course this message is a hoax, like many others on social media in general. UNESCO doesn't go about choosing best national anthems. It's absurd to even think about it. Yet most people share this message and "feel proud to be an Indian."

Lets discuss on this grave issue of misleading info on social media and ways to stop it. 


“There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” 

   Oscar Wilde

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  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    Although I have not come across that particular message, I totally agree that there is a lot of misinformation being circulated on the media and social sites do much so that it has now become difficult to believe anything easily. It just takes a few words to either glorify or completely ruin the reputation of anyone or anything. We as a society are becoming very shallow !


    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    Yeah I have come across this at least 5-6 times. Such messages keep making a round every few months or years. Similar to that are messages asking people not to buy fruits from road side vendors, especially pineapple as the vendor is supposed to be inflicted with AIDS and he uses his blood to cut the fruits as a gesture of some kind of revenge on the society. Truth is AIDS virus cannot survive outside the human body even for a minute. But people believe it and keep sending messages, goes to show how gullible people really are.

    I would recommend you all  to check out site named snopes.com it is a website that deals with hoaxes and such fake forwards and gives out truth behind such myths.  Another effective way to deal with such hoaxes is TO NOT forward such messages at all, if more and more people stopped doing it, they would die an early death.


    "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally."
    - W. C. Fields :)


    Thank you said by: usha manohar

  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    Fake mesages are being effectively used by many political parties and others to create confusion or other divisive acts. Gullible persons fall for these posts. In fact there is no need for grass root workers they are now replaced by fake posts in a highly economical manner. Some of our forum members are an example.


    Thank you said by: rambabu

  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    I too have received such messages in plenty. Another message which I ve received many times is one which is supposed to be from the CEO of the WhatsApp in which one is asked to forward it to certain number of people in which case we can use WhatsApp services freely otherwise it will cost money. Another one mentions if we forward to 25 people than certain amount of money will be credited in our account. Seriously its so irritating to see such fake messages but in general people do jot stop to think whether it really is genuine or not and start forwarding left and right. Such thoughtless acts only spreads confusions around. 


    Thank you said by: usha manohar

  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    Another one is the post which traces Nehru's ancestry to Afghanistan and full of malice. It is regularly in circulation and is forwarded by persons who are knowing it is false. But it serves a purpose.


  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    There is no smoke without fire ..


    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    usha manohar wrote:

    There is no smoke without fire ..

    That's a bit unfair. These were your words. 

    " It just takes a few words to either glorify or completely ruin the reputation of anyone or anything. We as a society are becoming very shallow ! "

     


    “There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” 

       Oscar Wilde


    Thank you said by: vijay

  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    Abhishek Sharma wrote:
    usha manohar wrote:

    There is no smoke without fire ..

    That's a bit unfair. These were your words. 

    " It just takes a few words to either glorify or completely ruin the reputation of anyone or anything. We as a society are becoming very shallow ! "

    Lol I forgot the smiley Dizzy FaceDizzy Face..

    I was teasing Vijay and anyway how does it matter even if someone had a Muslim background ?


    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    It is the agenda of deliberately denigrating a person with the purpose of  influencing voters which is  dangerous  and shows a lack of respect towards fellow citizens. Now that you have been rightly caught by an alert member  you are trying to disown your own bias. There are many fires  without  smoke.

     

     


  • Re: Social Media Hoaxes and Misinformation

    by » 3 years ago


    I don't expect anything else from you ...I guess you have forgotten this but if you were to go back a couple of years , we discussed the same thing where you spoke about Nehru being maligned by the press and I had given the same answer saying why shd anyone care what others say, it is his personal life and that is my view  ..you have one agenda of finding fault with me ..go on, I care two hoots !


    Pay no mind to those who talk behind your back, it simply means that you are two steps ahead !!!


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