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Unbridled Social Media Great power involves great responsibility

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Unbridled Social Media

Great power involves great responsibility

Atif Sheikh

“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has died,” this 7-word piece of news from a Twitter handle went viral on 7th of April. PM Johnson was, at that time, under treatment for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in an ICU of St Thomas’ Hospital, in London. The news of his death was broken from an account @BBCbreaki which turned out fake as official Twitter handle of BBC was @BBCBreaking. This post was re-tweeted hundreds of times before being deleted. Since this was posted through an account that looked almost similar to BBC’s official handle, a number of people got this news item as true. This is but one manifestation of the fact that social media, with all its pros and cons, has achieved an overwhelming influence on our lives.  

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