Indian social media users who are new to the online world often fall for such satirical news and share it as if it is real. These days even mainstream media are publishing satirical content on their website. So always look for a disclaimer which is found at the bottom of the article.
Today there are hundreds of news satire websites and blogs online. News satire means a fake news which is used to describe parody presented in a format typical of mainstream journalism. News satire has been around almost as long as journalism itself, but it is more popular on the internet.
Indian social media users who are new to the online world often fall for such satirical news and share it as if it is real. On July 26, The Unpaid Times, which is a satire blog Tweeted "Just in: Arvind Kejriwal reaches Islamabad to wish Pakistan's new PM Imran Khan after winning, says - 'It is quite shameful that Indian Media controlled by LG and Modi is portraying Imran Khan as a Villain."
Soon people started sharing it as a real news. One person posted on Facebook "Prime minister of Delhi country visited Islamabad to congratulate, idiot traitor”.
The worrying sign is that the post abusing Arvind Kejriwal got 5.6k shares on Facebook. However, it is unclear whether everyone shared it as a real news or as a satire. But if we see the audience sharing it and the language used, then it's very much clear that either it was used to spread fake news intentionally or the poster actually believed the news.
Another satire website Faking News published a satirical article on Suhana Khan in which the author made fake quotes and attributed it to Suhana Khan. It was only for a satirical purpose. The quote that stood out in the article is
Recounting her Vogue shoot, Suhana said, “It was a tough day for me. My Jaguar broke down and I had to travel to the studio in an Audi. Not to mention that the studio was on the first floor and the building did not have elevator. So I had to walk up the stairs. For full 5 minutes I was exposed to the heat and humidity of the city.”
However, many people on social media have shared it as if it is a real news.
These are the incidents which prove the point that Indian audiences are pretty new to the online world and they certainly need to be educated. We advise our viewers to use own intelligence while believing any news. If you come across any sensational or unbelievable post, just check the source for the news. If anyone is sharing any quotes or news on WhatsApp or any other social media, please ask for the source of the news.
For our readers, we are listing a few prominent satirical websites active in India.
1. Faking News
2. The Unreal Times
3. The Unpaid Times
These days even mainstream media are publishing satirical content on their website. So always look for a disclaimer which is found at the bottom of the article.
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