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It will be an exaggeration to say that Social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and WhatsApp are spreading knowledge at a rate faster than the speed of light.

I observed three kinds of knowledge on these platforms.

  1. Fake knowledge: Often, these are facts and opinions which get circulated by people whose identity is difficult to trace, and so is it’s validity. Hence, it is fake knowledge. Readers need to be cautious while using this kind of knowledge to make decisions.

The principle of ‘Everything that glitters is not gold’ applies to social knowledge. The validity of social knowledge needs to be checked to use it for decision making.

Footnote: Epistemology is a branch of philosophy that deals with the kinds of knowledge and distinctions among them.

Arvind is a Professor of Computer Engineering in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University Lonere India.