The Pervasive Threat of Fake News and Disinformation in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions

Anisha Nallasamy

Shantha College of Physiotherapy, Affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore, India.

Manju Rajput

GNIOT Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Knowledge Park II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Zahid Ahmad Wani

Shantha College of Allied Health Science, Affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore, India.

Maryam Khazir Dar

Noida International University, Uttar Pradesh, India.

. Aakanksha

GNIOT Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Knowledge Park II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Sheikh Hibban Fayaz

Shantha Group of Institutions, School of Allied Health Sciences, Affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore, India.

Subiksha S

Shantha College of Allied Health Science, Affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore, India.

Naveen H Simon *

Shantha Group of Institutions, Affiliated to RGUHS, Bangalore, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

In the dynamic landscape of the digital age, the proliferation of fake news and disinformation has emerged as a critical concern, casting a shadow over the foundations of public opinion and eroding trust in journalism. This short communication explores the intricate role that media plays in the dissemination of fake news, highlighting the far-reaching consequences on public perception and the integrity of journalistic practices. It delves into the definition and mechanisms of fake news, examining its propagation through social media algorithms, echo chambers, rapid dissemination, and manipulation tactics. The paper also discusses the role of both traditional media and online platforms in amplifying fake news and analyzes its consequences on public opinion, democracy, and public health. Furthermore, it explores challenges in countering fake news, including the volume and speed of information, evolving tactics of disinformation, algorithmic challenges, and ethical considerations in content moderation. Finally, the paper presents solutions and recommendations to mitigate the impact of fake news, including enhancing media literacy, promoting responsible journalism practices, implementing effective fact-checking mechanisms, leveraging technology, and advocating for regulatory measures. It concludes by emphasizing the importance of collaborative efforts across sectors to address the challenges posed by fake news and disinformation in the digital era.

Keywords: Digital age, disinformation, ethical considerations, fake news, media literacy, regulatory measures


How to Cite

Nallasamy , A., Rajput , M., Wani , Z. A., Dar , M. K., Aakanksha , ., Fayaz , S. H., S , S., & Simon , N. H. (2024). The Pervasive Threat of Fake News and Disinformation in the Digital Age: Challenges and Solutions. South Asian Journal of Social Studies and Economics, 21(6), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.9734/sajsse/2024/v21i6825

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