Friday, May 22, 2020: A PIA plane crashed while going from Lahore to Karachi. The plane had 107 people on board and the crash site was a residential area in Karachi. As of now, there are no confirmed reports of who’s survived.
While this terrifying news shook the internet, someone tweeted that actors Danish Taimoor and Ayeza Khan were on this flight as well. This “news” went viral across social media.
All of a sudden things became more about if the couple were actually on the flight or not than they were about the actual crash.
Soon after, Ayeza Khan posted on her Instagram confirming that they are both in Lahore, at home and safe.
In her post she asked people “To be sensible, stop spreading the fake news! Allah hidayat de aisey logon ko, jo bina confirmation much bhi status likh detey hain. Allah hum sab ko apney hafzo amaan mein rakhey or jo log is hadsey me shaheed hoay unkey gear walon ko sabar dey”
(People need to be sensible, stop spreading fake news! May Allah guide these people who post statuses without any confirmation. May Allah keep us all safe and grant the families affected by this tragedy sabr to deal with the loss)
This highlights an important issue. Ever since the era of the internet began, fake news has been a thing. Now, more than ever with social media platforms being in everyone’s hands wherever they go. It’s become even easier to start a rumour out of nothing. This almost always distracts people from the bigger issue and takes away from whatever else is happening in the world.
We need to use the internet responsibly. It’s important to always wait for a proper source to issue a statement before you become a party to spreading a rumour – especially when it’s something as serious as someone’s death.
Our heart goes out to everyone affected by this horrible tragedy, you’re all in our thoughts and prayers.