Countering Fake News - A Thought
We are hearing the spread of fake news via social media - FB or WA. Government is also trying to muscle its power to curb the spread of rumors via WA. UN study is also relating the violence with FB engagement.
This is essentially is getting caused due to speed at which the digital media can travel. A single person can send the same message to potentially thousands of people over WA or can simply post it on FB and hundreds of his/her friend can see it. Government is trying to finding a digital equivalent of "Sec 144 (unlawful assembly)" and is forcing WhatsApp to help with means and tools to achieve the same.
In a real world (i.e. before digital world), it took time to spread any news. There were only limited ways people could communicate with each other. Either meet in person or pick up a phone and talk to another person. If you are a bad guy and wanted to spread fake news/rumor, you would want to do it silently without attracting any unnecessary attention. This used to take a longer time due to limited ways to spread the news. However, this changed with the advent of digital media - especially messengers and social channel and also deeper penetration of internet. With WhatsApp groups and FB groups or other equivalents, there's an instant audience for every message getting posted. This accelerates the speed at which the news or fake news reach masses.
What if these platforms implement a throttling mechanism to deliver the messages? Messages get delivered to intended recipients, albeit delayed. The delay could be anywhere between a minute to maybe 10 minutes. Also, if the message is a forwarded, or copy-pasted, make the delay even longer. Most of the messages are not required to be delivered in real-time. If there's real urgency, people can pick up the phone and convey the message. This will contain the speed at which the news spreads. And could have a similar effect of enforcing "Sec 144".
This throttling could be a good tool to counter the fast spread of fake news. What do you think?