With the rise in communication technology, sharing messages and media has become a matter of few clicks. And if something catches the fancy of the masses, an image or video becoming ‘viral’ has become a thing of everyday news. But the unfortunate thing is that in the guise of uncovering and sharing the truth, this trend has become more of proliferation of lies. Yes, lies. Say whatever you want, make any kind of video, photoshop and share any kind of morphed images. Rarely does anybody bother to check the authenticity of the claims that these make before forwarding them along.
Two years ago, one fake image I had seen on Facebook had angered me into writing the post “Do you believe everything you see on social network?” If you do, than 90% of the time, you are being duped.
My rule of the thumb is that if anything sounds too surprising, striking or shocking, it is better to google for its truth before forwarding it out blindly.
These days, one of the videos that’s going viral warns Samsung smartphone users about the spy chip on Samsung phone batteries. This video, that seems to have originated from Pakistan, warns people that this hidden chip on the battery secretly transmits data on the net and leaks out the private data and images of the phone user.
And why this video is going viral? Because people are forwarding it without bothering to check out the truth behind the claim.
Well, if you only google a little, you’ll find out that this ‘hidden chip’ is actually the NFC (Near Field Communication) antenna. In fact, ‘Near Field Communication’ is also mentioned on the batteries that have this antenna. And of course, it is used to transmit data, just like bluetooth. And if you remove this chip, that probably won’t harm your phone. But the device will lose its NFC capability. That may not sound like a big loss now. But as things are progressing, NFC is going to play greater and greater role in future, including things like money transaction using your phone.
Here’s what Samsung Developers say about this ‘spy chip.’
You can also check out what truthorfiction.com has to say about this particular hoax.
Many people have fallen victim to this and other such hoaxes. So I urge you, DON’T forward such messages, images and videos blindly. If something seems too striking to be true, it probably is. It takes less than a minute to find out the truth about anything on Google. So do try and look for the truth before contributing in proliferation of such blatant lies and hoaxes.
Still not convinced? Check out this video by Journalist Rich DeMuro