Facebook May Sway India Elections – All the Fake News that Fits!

Technology’s impact in India appears to have leapfrogged any fundamental educational reform that this country sorely needs. Call centers abound and access to the Internet is literally in the hands of the majority of its residents. Yet their elementary and secondary schools are ill-equipped for 21st Century learning and educational demands. Unfortunately and ironically, the technologically equipped Indian citizen is more likely to be persuaded by “fake news” on Facebook and other social media platforms than by traditional news media outlets.

As a returned #PeaceCorps Volunteer who served in Karnataka, India (capitol Bangalore) in the late sixties, this is very discouraging news. Please see the article hyperlinked below which focuses on Facebook’s impact in the current Indian elections, and highlights the many abuses which go unchecked.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/01/technology/india-elections-facebook.html

Ray Myers

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