he fake news fiasco which ignited after the 2016 US election were mostly growing on Facebook’s news feed. However, recent updates from South Asia indicates that misinformation is increasing at an alarming rate on Facebook’s messaging properties, Whatsapp and Messenger that cause another significant blow-back for the social media giant.
Facebook’s instant messaging ecosystem is more prominent than Facebook itself, internationally, Whatapp and Messenger have significant growth and communities are reliant on its messaging platform.
According to the New York Times;
One woman and her family were stopped, stripped naked and beaten by a mob while they were driving to a temple in Tamil Nadu, a Southern state in India.
The mob that attacked the family falsely believed them to be “child lifters.” The woman died as a result of the attack, and her son-in-law remains in a coma.
Police arrested more than 46 people for the attack on the woman’s family and are still looking for an additional 74.
Another attack occurred on last Friday. A software engineer was killed for giving chocolates to schoolchildren.
A lot of fake news that’s driving mobs to violence leads death of women and children. But Facebook yet to take any action to stop rumors and false information spread so quickly.