Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Nov 2018 12:41:16










THE power, or rather the power of misuse, of social media was distinctly evident a few months ago when anonymous posts on various media platforms triggered lynching of innocent people by mobs in several States on the suspicion of being child-lifters. Fake news has become a major pain all over the world and even as social media platform owners are taking multi-variable steps to curb the menace a long haul awaits before proper checks are put in place. The 2016 Presidential elections in the United States brought to fore the dangers of fake news when misinformation was spread through social media from accounts linked to Russia. Since then all popular platforms including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter have put in measures to curb the spread of fake news and divisive messages. Twitter is now mulling the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to check fake news. It has become imperative in the Indian context as the country has already entered the election mode. This is the most crucial time that will check the capabilities of social media giants.



ODISHA Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik very pithily described investment in sports as an investment in youth and investment in youth as an investment for the future. This response from Mr. Patnaik came on a query by top industrialist of the country Mr. Mukesh Ambani as to how industry can contribute to development of sports and education. Thus on this critical issue both industry and the political community appeared to be on the same page. If industry and political executive look at sports and also education as an investment for the future and national development there will be a sea change in the attitude of the entire society in looking at sports as an essential ingredient in human resource development and creating healthy generations of young people. Unfortunately, the experience so far has been that neither the society at large, nor the political community nor society attached much importance to promotion of sports culture in the country. But this cannot go on for long. There has to be a change for the better.