Conspiracies and lies have dominated the media in recent times. These are brought to bear through transmission of fallacies as news forging and creating imagery of news story that never occurred, exaggeration of events at no time transpired. Fake news otherwise known as false news is a big threat to humanity.
According to Wikipedia, fake news is written and usually published with the intent to mislead in order to damage an agency, entity, or person, and gain financially or politically, often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership, and earn advertising revenue from the activity.
In our world today, the rate of false news is so alarming, deluding and brainwashing people with information void of fact and accuracy. In sense that, the writers makes use of strong verb, sensational headlines, and action words to draw the attention of people making them believe in their fabricated stories.
Fake news has a great effect in the brain of its audience like hypodermic injection and the effect of a bullet to the human brain, spreading so fast in a twinkle of an eye.
“We are not just fighting a pandemic, we are fighting an infodemic," said Tedros Abraham Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation in an interview.
"False news spreads faster than the virus and is just as dangerous," he added.
However, there have been several fake news in different form moving round town, cities and countries about the novel COVID-19.
“Recently, a conspiracy theory-laden, documentary-style video titled “Pandemic: The Hidden Agenda Behind COVID-19” took on a life of its own even after the original one was taken down.
“The video, lasting for more than 20 minutes and viewed more than tens of millions of times, sheds light on a string of questionable, false and potentially dangerous coronavirus theories that the pandemic was planned, the coronavirus was manufactured in a lab, that it's injected into people via flu vaccinations and that wearing a mask could likely make one sick.
“It also attacks the record of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and promotes unproven treatments.
“The “Plandemic” video has been removed from big social media platforms, but small clips are still available on YouTube and full versions of it are still can be seen on some fringe websites with lax regulations.
“This is just one typical example of tens of thousands pieces of misinformation on social media which have become incubation ground and megaphones for the creation and broadcast of misinformation and conspiracy theories amid the COVID-19 pandemic” another report purported.
In addition, false news intoxicate people with fear, giving them bad mindset about issues and creating panic into people's mind about the virus.
If strong laws are not enforced against false news, more persons will eventually die of infodemic than pandemic. Our problem won't be pandemic but spread of false news affecting lives.