‘Fake news’ has become a disruptive force in societies around the world. A survey last year suggested that three in four people in the country find it hard to distinguish between real and fake content. In India, the phenomenon has also taken deadly turn, with a number of cases attributed to the spread of fake rumours on digital platforms that have led to violence and lynchings.
The issue of Fake News in India is different than from the west, as circulating Fake News has led to violent lynchings resulting in a rising death toll. The scale of the problem has led to calls for the government to bring in new legislation and for some of the social and messaging platforms to add new functionality to combat the issue.
As part of a wider global initiative, BBC News in India is organising a range of events, education projects and collaborations with stakeholders across the country.
One of these is a major series of conferences happening across India on Monday 12th November, bringing together voices from politics, news, entertainment, academic, policy and all sectors of society to focus on understanding the problem better and looking at potential solutions and future collaborations. In Delhi, this event will take place at IIT Delhi.
Among those who will be taking part and speaking are:
Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister, India Government
Swara Bhaskar, Actress
Sir Mark Tully, Veteran journalist and author
Divya Spandana, Head of Social Media, Indian National Congress Party
Phoebe Arnold, First Draft News, Harvard University
Vijaya Gadde, Global Head of Trust and Safety, Twitter
Irene Jay Liu, Google News Lab, APAC
Pragya Misra Mehrishi, WhatsApp, India
Manish Khanduri, Head of News Partnerships, Facebook, India
We hope you can join us.