Tuesday March 31, 2020

Bollywood Urges People To Stop Packing and Staying Safe Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

"Thappad" helmer Anubhav Sinha tweeted: "Just checking... If someone is working towards stopping the spreading of this shit... Or we are too busy panicking???"

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Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan expressed his thoughts on the outbreak with a self-composed poem about coronavirus. The actor took to Twitter to recite the short poem. IANS

Amid rapidly the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Bollywood celebrities have taken up the responsibility to appeal to everyone to stay safe, take precautions, stop panicking and desist from spreading rumours.

Sharing a selfie where she she wears a mask, Sonakshi Sinha wrote on Instagram: “As the world battles #coronavirus, let’s ensure we do not add to the pandemic by circulating unverified information. Be safe, take necessary precautions and also be responsible. Don’t add to the panic. Last but not the least, try and make the most of the compulsory ‘me’ time!” Kartik Aaryan shared a video from an outdoor set in Lucknow, where he can be seen walking in a mask along with other crew members. The actor captioned: “Stay safe guys. Can’t stress this enough. #WashYourHands #CoronaStopKaroNa”

Earlier in the day, as reported by IANS, Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan expressed his thoughts on the outbreak with a self-composed poem about coronavirus. The actor took to Twitter to recite the short poem. In a video tweeted by Big B, he says in Hindi: “Over the past few days, people have been discussing a lot about coronavirus. People are suffering losses and everybody is scared and worried. This morning I had a feeling that I should also say something on the issue. So I have penned a few lines which I want to share with you all.” Saying this he recites the poem.

Sharing a couple of pictures where he can be seen holding some documents, the actor wrote in a separate tweet: “T 3469 – Getting set to advocate the preventions necessary about CoVID 19, … this is for UNICEF, and the Health Ministry of GOI.. the message should be out soon.. Be safe.. be careful.” Anupam Kher shared a video on Twitter and Instagram where he appeals to everyone to stop panicking and discover the joy of being alive.

In the video, the veteran actor says: “Worry should not kill you before a virus kills you… There is a fear everywhere and unfortunately, this fear is very real. But more than anything else, it is impacting our daily lives, it is affecting our minds, our psyche in a very frightening manner. Suddenly the whole world seems to be depressed and rightfully so because maybe for the first time in the modern times, we are collectively feeling helpless…Maybe, unknowingly, we are also discovering the importance of being alive. I think one of the only ways to deal with this crisis is to change our attitude towards life. We can’t do anything about it except being careful…One virus has made us unimportant, extremely vulnerable and to some extent ordinary and lonely human beings. So why don’t we enjoy every single moment and discover the joy of being alive?”

Pooja Hegde also shared her picture wearing a mask from Istanbul new airport. The actress arrived at the Turkish Capital to shoot for her upcoming film with Prabhas. “The things I do for the love of films… Georgia, here I come…(Rocky Theme song playing in the background),” she wrote.

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Amid rapidly the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Bollywood celebrities have taken up the responsibility to appeal to everyone to stay safe, take precautions, stop panicking and desist from spreading rumours. Pixabay

“Thappad” helmer Anubhav Sinha tweeted: “Just checking… If someone is working towards stopping the spreading of this shit… Or we are too busy panicking???”

Filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri tried to boost morale with his tweet: “Italy looks the worst hit while everywhere else #Corona is more or less in control. I am sure the success rate should give hope and confidence to worried people.”

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Sharing a workout video in a separate tweet, he wrote: “Let others panic, you keep making yourself strong – Physically, emotionally and spiritually. Eat healthy, home cooked, satvik food. Don’t indulge. Stay happy.” (IANS)

 

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Spread of Fake News on high Rise on Facebook, Twitter Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic

Jumbling of content makes viewers less likely to check sources

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The findings of a researcch show the dangers of people getting their news from social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, Pixabay

In novel coronavirus times, there is so much fake news going around and according to new research, there’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures.

Jumbling of content makes viewers less likely to check sources, said the team from Ohio State University, adding that people viewing a blend of news and entertainment on a social media site tended to pay less attention to the source of content they consumed – meaning they could easily mistake satire or fiction for real news.

“The findings show the dangers of people getting their news from social media sites like Facebook or Twitter,” said study author George Pearson, a senior lecturer and research associate in communication at The Ohio State University.

“We are drawn to these social media sites because they are one-stop shops for media content, updates from friends and family, and memes or cat pictures,” Pearson added. People who viewed content that was clearly separated into categories – such as current affairs and entertainment – didn’t have the same issues evaluating the source and credibility of content they read.

“Jumbling of content makes everything seem the same to us. It makes it harder for us to distinguish what we need to take seriously from that which is only entertainment,” said Pearson in the study appeared in the journal New Media & Society. For the study, Pearson created a fictional social media site called “Link Me.”

The 370 participants saw four webpages with either two or four posts each. Each post consisted of a headline and short paragraph summarizing the story, as well as information on the source of the post. The sources were designed to be either high or low credibility, based on their name and description.

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 In novel coronavirus times, there is so much fake news going around and according to new research, there’s a price to pay when you get your news and political information from the same place you find funny memes and cat pictures. Pixabay

All posts were based on real articles or public social media posts taken from Reddit or Tumblr. The results showed that when the content was not grouped by distinct topics – in other words, news posts appeared on the same page with entertainment posts – participants reported paying less attention to the source of the content.

“They were less likely to verify source information to ensure that it was a credible source,” said Pearson. That may be one reason why satirical and other types of fake news get shared by people who evidently think it is real. One solution would be for social media companies to develop tools to distinguish content.

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But until that happens, it is up to users to pay more attention to where their news is coming from – as difficult as that may be. (IANS)