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More Panic than Awareness: Mapping Social Media at the Peak of the Pandemic

CEMS                       

Explore –Journal of Research

                                    Peer Reviewed Journal

     ISSN 2278–0297 (Print)

                                                                                                ISSN 2278–6414 (Online)

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More Panic than Awareness: Mapping Social Media at the Peak of the Pandemic

• Nandika Arora • Humaira Azeem • Insha Haider • Tauseef Hassan

Received                  : December 2021

Accepted                 : January 2022

Corresponding Author   : Tauseef Hasan

Abstract : Media is considered to be the fourth pillar of democracy (Aarjav Jain, 2019). Presently, social media is also a part of it. It includes websites or applications which facilitate communication in all forms. In India, the content consumption through social media platforms has significantly increased in last few years especially during the lockdown phase. This phase also witnessed the spread of disinformation. The research would draw attention towards factors that raise questions on social media’s reliability. The case study of social media platforms and the spread of fake news through the qualitative and quantitative research methodology bring forward a better vision towards this topic.

Keywords: Social Media, Hot Bed of Fake News, Pandemic, Misinformation, Credible Source, Demographic Factors.

NandikaArora

CEMS II year, Session: 2020-2023, Patna Women’s College (Autonomous), Patna University, Patna, Bihar, India

 

Humaira Azeem

CEMS II year, Session: 2020-2023, Patna Women’s College (Autonomous), Patna University, Patna, Bihar, India

 

Insha Haider

CEMS II year, Session: 2020-2023, Patna Women’s College (Autonomous), Patna University, Patna, Bihar, India

 

Tauseef Hassan

Head, Department of CEMS,

Patna Women’s College (Autonomous),

Bailey Road, Patna-800 001, Bihar, India

E-mail : tauseef.cems@patnawomenscollege.in