Are fake news and rumours on social media fueling vigilantism in Nagaland?

Are fake news and rumours on social media fueling vigilantism in Nagaland?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say:

• Yes, it is. But most of it can be blamed to that category of people who forward without even trying to determine how much water the story holds. If one has to go by their senseless forwarded messages, Appy, Frooti, Paracetamol and a numerous other things are bad for humans apparently. Rumor mills have been (and will continue) churning out half baked stories but it’s those ill-educated and gullible good-for-nothings who take it upon them to broadcast it in every social media platform. It’s high time we should sensitize our own people before something really bad happens in our own backyard.

 

• Yes. Nagas are very vulnerable to fake news and rumors. Let us not forget that psycho-op warfare has been one of the effective tools to repress the Naga population.

 

• Yes. I tend to believe it.

 

Some of those who voted NO had this to say:

• No, not really. Social media is giving a lot of information. What is more important is what people do with the information they receive. One cannot blame social media for it.

 

Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say:

• It is both yes and no.