'One India’ by Facebook is a series showcasing stories of ordinary people coming together to impact the lives of many for the better. Season 2 of One India revolves around the spirit of change and revolutionizing society using technology. This season is all about the stories that will reach and empower the communities.
This episode highlights, “Satyamev Jayate,” a special initiative by Mir Mohammed Ali (Kannur Collector). In July of 2018, the collector of Kannur district came up with this idea of creating awareness in the public to combat the menace of fake news by influencing young minds. He started training school children to successfully identify fake news and other kinds of false information and propaganda they may come across online. This initiative has now spread across 150 government schools from class 8 to 11.
“All of us want to be the first ones to share information. It's a very internal human instinct. And because of that, once we get information, we have two urges – one is an urge to verify and one is an urge to share. And the urge to share triumphs the urge to verify. When we were working with the Measles Rubella vaccination – it is Government of India program to vaccinate children between the age of nine months and fifteen years, against any attack by Measles Rubella. And we had a major fake news campaign here telling people not to go for that vaccination. We had to vaccinate around 5 lakh kids in Kannur and our campaign stopped at the two-lakh mark.”
- Mir Mohammed Ali (District Collector – Kannur)
On this episode, our expert panel discusses the success story of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ initiative and the challenges Mir Mohammed Ali had to go through while launching this initiative. The panel comprises of Brijesh Singh (Special Inspector General of Police, Cyber Maharashtra State, Mumbai – Secretary 7 Director General, DGIPR Mantralaya Mumbai), Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury (Academic, Columnist and Media Dean, Pearl Academy), Sapna Shah (Senior Advisor & Coordinator, Cyber Safe International Alliance) and Mir Mohammed Ali (District Collector – Kannur). The panel was moderated by Shivani Gupta (Associate Editor – Republic TV).
The panel also discusses how WhatsApp groups were created for each district to track fake news and how media literacy workshops were conducted around Maharashtra. Moreover, they discussed the techniques to tackle fake news which should be taught in the classrooms and how cyber safe started to spread awareness about technology crimes, fraud, and threats. The government does play an important role and can be instrumental in bringing change in the lives of people.
Watch the full episode to know more about ‘Satyamev Jayate’ initiative and how Mir Mohammed Ali used this initiative to tackle the problem of fake news.