Social Media And The Misuse Of Information

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Social Media and the Misuse of Information
Social media refers to the publication and dissemination of media content such as text, images and videos, through online social communications via easily reached and scalable publishing platforms such as websites, social networking sites and blogs and media aggregators. The social media was conceptualized as just a medium of interaction and virtual home to transfer or extend relationships but today social media has become a platform used to encourage misinformation through unconfirmed report.
In 1978, Ward Christensen and Randy Suess (both computer hobbyists) invented the bulletin board system (BBS). BBS was invented to inform friends and relatives about coming events and also to share information. This invention marked the beginning of a revolution that changed the social and global perspective of reality. In 1993, students of the University of Illinois developed a mosaic, which was said to have given birth to the World Wide Web (WWW). These inventions paved the way for the acceleration of social networking. Zeitel-Bank and Tat stated that in 2004, another communication revolution took place with the advent of Facebook, which has over 1.3 billion users worldwide every month with almost half of them already mobile Facebook users. Within a few years, social media has become an integral part of the world. Today, it is relatively impossible for young people to think of communication without first thinking of online-networks like…
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