The popularity of derogatory social media content is a matter of concern - Kashmir Reader

The popularity of derogatory social media content is a matter of concern – Kashmir Reader

Social media has turn out to be an necessary a part of trendy life within the modern world. It’s used to communicate with family and friends members and to maintain observe of present affairs and trending incidents. With the development of Net 2.0, it has turn out to be attainable for customers to create their very own content material thus enabling interplay between the person and the websites. Net 2.0 doesn’t discuss with any particular know-how upgrades to the Web. It merely indicators a shift in how the Web is used within the twenty first century. Within the present period, there’s a increased degree of knowledge change and better interdependence between customers. This new model permits customers to actively take part within the expertise reasonably than merely performing as passive spectators who take within the info.
Net 2.0 enabled folks to put up articles and feedback, and it turned attainable to create person accounts on completely different websites, thus extra participation.
Apparently, we regularly have a tendency to focus on the intense aspect of social media and ignore its darkish aspect and its dangerous affect on folks’s lives. There are some normal damaging outcomes related to the usage of social media which embody dependancy, cyberbullying, isolation, melancholy, misinformation and propaganda. It has been noticed that social media discourse additionally differs from one place to a different. The present traits and discussions are completely different elsewhere. It depends upon rising situations and customers’ considering means. Fb is the biggest and hottest social media platform with 2.9 billion month-to-month energetic customers and it’s not stunning that UT Jammu and Kashmir has an awesome majority of Fb customers however it’s fairly disappointing to see that many of the UGC is nugatory and garbage. Final yr, in Kashmir valley, some Fb web page managers began a development by which they abuse and management some easy or naive individuals who usually belong to completely different political events. Sadly, these social media pages turned so in style that inside a number of weeks, that they had hundreds of thousands of followers and this uncivilized content material that provokes and insults folks was cherished by the overwhelming majority of the Kashmiri inhabitants. After a number of months this habits was condemned and these trolls have been discouraged from persevering with their each day roast. It has been greater than a yr since a mentally unwell individual, Fayez Al-Aqrab, was launched to social media, and inside days he turned very fashionable on social media, particularly Fb. Any civilized society would depart such an individual to itself with out bothering him, however within the Kashmir Valley, over a time period, Fayaz the Scorpio turned a family identify and a social media sensation. He turned extra in style than many political leaders, actors, artists and intellectuals. Folks began watching his each video with out worrying concerning the content material or the substance. Seeing this degree of recognition, media folks, pages, and shops began importing every of his movies to get views, likes, and subscribers. Such soiled habits of so-called journalists and web page managers would have been discouraged by any cultured and civilized society, however surprisingly, the Kashmiri society is letting this habits proceed. Only a month in the past, a screenshot was doing the rounds on Fb highlighting the truth that a video of an Islamic scholar (Mufti) received 126 views in a single week and, alternatively, a vulgar video of a lady received 3,800 views in a single hour. . This speaks volumes about our discourse on social media and user-generated content material. It’s noteworthy that JKUT has greater than 65% youth inhabitants underneath the age of 35 and nearly all of them use social media and when such content material is shared, preferred and considered it may well have critical penalties. A few months in the past, a literary determine needed to shut her YouTube and Fb channels as a result of her mental content material was not preferred and due to this fact she couldn’t get the required variety of subscribers and viewers. Probably the most harmful a part of the story is that a lot of digital media shops and their correspondents are going after Fayez al-Aqrab and different mentally challenged or unsound folks to get some video content material to put up on their channels. Many specialists and students marvel why folks like to observe and subscribe to such soiled pages that put up dangerous and ugly content material. Earlier than the authorities get into motion, the onus is on educated and knowledgeable Kashmiri netizens to reveal and discourage the sharing and promotion of obscene and inappropriate content material.
All Fb pages must be unfollowed and unsubscribed to set excessive requirements for social media discourse. We already know in social media that there isn’t any vital third-party filtering, fact-checking, or editorial judgment which makes it simple for promoting, faux content material, and manipulated information protection to get a whole lot of publicity. There’s additionally such a factor as affirmation bias that educated folks are likely to devour content material that confirms their pre-existing beliefs and neglect any undeniable fact that contradicts their opinion. Social media algorithms take affirmation bias to a complete new degree.
To make higher use of Net 2.0 and your time on social media, use it for higher communication, wise speech, and constructing sturdy relationships constructed on human empathy and kindness. Keep away from trolls, misinformation, propaganda and faux information. Creating consciousness of social and environmental points and guaranteeing a peaceable digital house.

Reyes Masroor is a columnist and author from Kupwara and might be reached at [email protected]

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