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Social Media literacy can address misinformation

Author - Annu Anand | Published - 2022

I n June 2018, two Assam youths, an audio engineer and a digital artist, were killed brutally in a mob lynching while they were heading for a vacation, due to a misleading social media post. Local people believed a post about child kidnappers moving in the region, and thought that the two were kidnappers. This wasn’t an isolated case. The rumors about child abduction spread through WhatsApp messages were connected to at least 17 murders across India in 2018. Such lynching incidents in several parts of the country due to social media posts shook the nation and demonstrated The devastating impacts of misinformation.

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