Prof. Sangeet Kumar on the fake news phenomenon
A new article by Assistant Professor of Communication Sangeet Kumar notes that “fact-checking vigilantes in India are a bulwark against the move to a ‘post-truth’ world.”
Recording the phenomenon of fake news, India’s ecosystem of fact checking cuts across digital, television, and print media and even crosses over into the corporate domain.
This is a good thing, because fake news “impinges directly on issues related to freedom of speech and the democratisation of the public sphere,” says Kumar.
He continues, “Fact-checking vigilantes have emerged in India ranging from self-motivated individuals, to organised divisions within mainstream and online news media, to digital media outlets solely dedicated to fact checking and online myth busting.