Currently, India is going through a digital transition when people of every generation are trying to get accustomed with all the latest technologies and apps. Since the messages now spread faster than ever, this has blurred the line between facts and hoaxes. Whatsapp is the biggest breeding ground for fake info where even educated people don’t try to cross check the news or hoaxes before forwarding it. From amazing unknown facts to clickbait articles fake info can be packaged into any form for petty monetary gains.
When it comes to Whatsapp family groups all that we find there apart from Good Morning messages are casual sexist content, lame jokes, hate messages, unverified facts and hoaxes. What we generally do is we ignore these messages or mute the group notifications which is never the solution to the problem.
A girl, Namaah, has shared her happiness on her Twitter account after she left her family group and her message sums it all. Here is the sensible rant that she shared on her Twitter account and most of us will surely relate to this
Sorry I am not very active on this group (or on WhatsApp in general). The truth is that there’s an incredible amount of unverified news, casual sexism, and unwarranted xenophobia that gets shared here that I’m frankly quite uncomfortable with.
Everyone is entitled to their own boundaries on these matters, of course, but I really think there needs to be a line in the sand with respect to inappropriate content because the things we condone in the way of humor become the things we become desensitized to. 🙂
As a person who feels strongly about sensitivity and social justice, I feel like I’d be doing a disservice to me truest convictions as a human being should I not voice these concerns.
I obviously do not aim to change anyone’s mind about this, and since I’m the only one who seems to feel this way, please allow me to excuse myself from this group. I am of course, available for individual chats as always.
I love you all very much and sincerely hope that this will be seen as for what it is and not as an overreaction or a rude or hostile move.
Here is the post that she shared
In today's personal victory, I quit my extended-family WhatsApp group. I cannot fully express the relief I feel. pic.twitter.com/E02iXtbLvh
— Namaah (@The_HappyNoodle) October 11, 2017
Many people on Twitter are thanking her for showing them how to deal with such groups.
While this may seem like a simple message or act to us, the message perfectly shows how we need to speak, to curb the menace of Fake News and info!