12 episodes

In an era of information overload, it is easy to fall prey to misinformation. Join us every weekend, as we demonstrate to you the perils of fake news and how we can fight it - through conversations with experts and those with relevant experience in the topics that we discuss. If you are bothered by the spread of fake news, and would like to join us in the fight, this is the podcast for you.

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In an era of information overload, it is easy to fall prey to misinformation. Join us every weekend, as we demonstrate to you the perils of fake news and how we can fight it - through conversations with experts and those with relevant experience in the topics that we discuss. If you are bothered by the spread of fake news, and would like to join us in the fight, this is the podcast for you.

    Tukde-Tukde: A JNU Story

    Tukde-Tukde: A JNU Story

    As far as misinformation campaigns go, we've seldom come across one as persistent and relentless as the one hounding the students of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. From terrorists, freeloaders, amoral drunkards to drug addicts and sex maniacs - many a names have been used by mainstream media, politicians, spiritual gurus and celebrities to denigrate the students of the varsity.
    However, the one memorable name that stuck was the "Tukde-Tukde gang" - a gang who wants to allegedly break India to pieces.
    In this episode, we speak to former Zee News producer Vishwa Deepak, JNU ABVP member Venkat Chaubey and social activists Umar Khalid and Saket Gokhale to answer one simple question: does "Tukde-Tukde" gang really exist?
    Language: English, Hindi
    Narrator: Archis
    Producer: Archis, Krutika

    • 25 min
    Deadly Rumours, Mob Mentality And Challenges For The Law Enforcement

    Deadly Rumours, Mob Mentality And Challenges For The Law Enforcement

    Social media and instant messengers have enabled rumours to spread like wildfire. Spontaneous panic and apprehension spread through these rumours have led to a large number of deaths in India by fueling mob violence across the country.
    Indian police officials Harsh Poddar and Rema Rajeshwari have led the path in drawing the blueprint on how to douse a breaking situation of mob violence and take precautionary measures by spreading awareness. In this episode, we speak to both of them, to understand mob mentality in India and the ways to deal with these deadly rumours on social media.
    All feedback welcome at podast@boomlive.in.

    • 23 min
    A Day In The Life Of Fact Checkers

    A Day In The Life Of Fact Checkers

    Fact checking is no funny business. The requests we get on our WhatsApp range from politics, economics and medicine to violence, fantasy and black magic.
    In this Diwali Special episode, we speak to some fact checkers at BOOM to find out how they go about a typical day at office, as the fake news ecosystem lurks in the background.

    • 18 min
    Online Quackery: Is WhatsApp A Reliable Doctor?

    Online Quackery: Is WhatsApp A Reliable Doctor?

    WhatsApp and social media are rife with misinformation related to health and illnesses. But should we trust random medical advice from unknown sources? Could it land it us a much bigger trouble?
    Join us, as we speak to some medical health professionals to figure out how to combat such misinformation ourselves. 

    • 16 min
    Money: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t

    Money: Now You Have It, Now You Don’t

    Ever since the current crisis at the Punjab Maharashtra Co-operative Bank hit the news, social media and WhatsApp have been rife with misinformation regarding finance and banking. 
    From cash going defunct, to banks shutting down, people are sharing highly panic inducing messages all over the internet. But can such fake news cause offline damage to the state of banking and finance in our country? 
    Join us, as we sit down with author Vivek Kaul to discuss ways to protect ourselves from such a fate

    • 20 min
    How Fake News Almost Ruined A School

    How Fake News Almost Ruined A School

    Since 2017, RMVM School in Valsad, Gujarat, has been targeted with a massive misinformation campaign. A series of unrelated images and videos of child abuse were shared on WhatsApp and social media, alleging that they portrayed instances of horror faced by the students of RMVM School at the hands of their teachers.
    So we drove to Valsad, and spoke to the teachers, students and the principal, to find out what really happened.

    • 22 min

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