In this era of digitalization and social media, the world has been reduced to a global village. Information is just a click away. However, one of the downsides of this information explosion is the dissemination of falsehood. Nowadays, it’s hard to separate the wheat from social media chaff. And if you are one to be easily duped, then you will often end up mislead. Lies seem to spread at the speed of light. Reason being? Lies are more “novel” like. Meaning they are more shocking, have emotional ties, conjuring fear, disgust and surprise in replies.
Bloggers use this concept to catfish audience and gain traffic to their websites. Most of the gossip and slander on social media are lies. Sadly, the people who often fall victims of this treachery are celebrities and people of high profile. They become target because of their presence in the public eye and everyone wants a piece of their private affairs. One local blogger went claiming that Mp Charles Jaguar died in a car crash and even had the audacity to share images. What a shame. These people will even “kill” you before your time comes!
Social media is the biggest perpetuator of lies. People’s names have been dragged through the mad , ridiculed and reputations destroyed by internet trolls. Most of these people hide under pseudo accounts to protect their identities. Screenshots from Twitter, Facebook, whatsapp and Instagram make rounds everyday, with all kinds of appalling information . One notorious group on Facebook has been terrorizing people . This rambunctious group consisting of mostly women, is the headquarters of gossip and debauchery. Many have fallen victims to this pool of thirsty women who are ready to senselessly devour any gossip fed to them. One angry man once took to social media claiming that the group be made illegal, members be sentenced and Ezekiel Mutua to see to the matter immediately.
Such spread falsehoods and tittle-tattles can have serious consequences on individuals and even organizations as a whole. One such incident was when $130 billion in stock value was wiped out after a false tweet claimed Barack Obama was injured in an explosion. So before you believe anything on social media, get your facts right first!