Experts call for a focus on mainstream media to avoid the fake news trap

The tendency to spread fake news on the internet is gradually increasing. Research has revealed that 80% of the content on the internet spread across various websites including social media is fake or bogus. Fake news not only causes social unrest and violence but can also cause serious economic damage to anyone, from individuals to organizations. Therefore, experts have called for the importance of mainstream media to ensure the authenticity of the news and protect it from the trap of fake news.
Tech experts said these things while participating in a webinar Sunday night in October’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month. AHM Mohsin, Country Director of Sophos in Bangladesh, an international cybersecurity services company, Secretary General of the Internet Society Bangladesh Chapter, Mohammad Kauchar Uddin, Additional Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Cybercrime Investigation (ADC) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, CTTC participated in the discussion. on “fake news via social networks”. Nazmul Islam and research assistant fact-checker (Factwatch) Subhashish Deep from the private university Ulab.

Committee member Kazi Mustafiz moderated the webinar organized by the National Committee on Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month (NCCAM). Mobile operator Robi, cybersecurity services company Sophos and technology company Oneworld sponsored the month-long awareness campaign in October.

AHM Mohsin said that individuals, political groups or cyber crooks can play a role in spreading false information on the internet. Financial gain is one of the motives for spreading false information. This not only causes social unrest but due to lack of awareness, anyone can fall victim to virus attacks spread by cyber miscreants. Individuals or organizations may face significant financial losses. He advised netizens to trust genuine news media to avoid the trap of fake news.

Mohammad Kawshar Uddin said that fake images released in the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have been circulating on the internet recently. In the end, the Prime Minister’s Office had to issue a statement saying that these facts are false. Therefore, even if someone in the friend list gives information via social media, it should not be published before verifying its authenticity.

Police CDA. Nazmul Islam said that people now live on the information. The accuracy or inaccuracy of this information becomes very important. The impact of misinformation is widespread. Disinformation has been disseminated targeting individuals, groups, and states. Spreading false information is a punishable offense under the laws of the country. For this reason, in addition to receiving police cases, the police are actively working to stop the spread of false information on the Internet. From the experience of verifying fake news, Shubashish Deep said that fake news is spread in different ways. Images could be seen earlier. Now the videos, which may appear to be entirely original videos, are actually faked using technical manipulations, known as deepfake technology. Before clicking on anything on the Internet, he advises to ask yourself questions. He said you must first ask your mind whether this information is good or bad. Only then, checking the original websites for relevant issues can determine whether it is true or false. However, a lot of erroneous information is usually difficult to detect.

Kazi Mustafiz said that 80% of the various content on the internet is fake or bogus. He urged everyone to promote this awareness campaign, “Don’t click just see, don’t share without verification.” The negotiators drew the attention of the relevant government authorities to undertake massive sensitization programs against fake news.

“Cybersecurity Awareness Month (CAM) October 2022” is celebrated annually around the world as part of cybersecurity awareness. The National Cyber ​​Security Awareness Month (NCCAM) Committee has been formed with various organizations and tech professionals to carry out this program in Bangladesh. The theme for Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 was decided by this committee as “Online Security Isn’t Difficult, Just Be Careful”.

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