In the present digital era, social media rules supreme. It has become one of the biggest media to gather news and information. Different pages and influencers have become a more popular source for news compared to general news media. But the lack of real-time fact-checking means it is also ripe with fake news and information. From statesmen, politicians, sportsmen, and intellectual figures to the general public, no one is free from this guile of misinformation. A glaring example of this was pointed out by our honourable Prime Minister’s Assistant Press Secretary-1 M. M. Emrul Kayas.
Two recent images, one of a young girl riding a bicycle and the other of a wedding, have gone viral on social media. Many people have been sharing these images in the name of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina out of sentiment. It’s claimed that it is HPM Sheikh Hasina in these photos. M. M. Emrul Kayas debunked both photos as not belonging to the Prime Minister. On his official verified page on Facebook, Mr Kayas posted, “Two photographs have been mentioned on social media as pictures of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. However, these two images do not belong to the honourable prime minister.”
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M. M. Emrul Kayas also pointed out that there are many unverified pages in the name of the PM. In a separate Facebook post, he said,
“There is no personal account of honorable Prime Minister in any social media platform. All the accounts in the name of the HPM are fake. So, please do not get confused by the fake posts from the fake accounts.”M. M. Emrul Kayas
Asst. Press Secretary-1 to the Prime Minister
Thus, it confirms there is no official platform of HPM in any social media. Prime Minister has different official channels of communication with the masses. She holds frequent press conferences with the general media. Also, press releases are a significant medium to circulate government activities. The contents of the press conferences and press releases are officially distributed to the journalists working on PMO for publication and broadcasting in the licensed newspaper, magazines, and electronic media.
A charismatic leader, Sheikh Hasina is a famous and respectable figure both nationally and internationally. The people of Bangladesh view her in a different light and hold her energetic leadership in high regard. As a result, the public quickly pays attention to any news about our honour- able prime leader.
It’s been observed that some individuals have been trying to mislead and take advantage of the emotion of the countrymen by sharing wrong in- formation about the PM. Therefore, whenever anybody receives any such information or news, it becomes an individual responsibility to fact-check the details before publishing or sharing the content related to her.