Nothing in human history has shaken the world at the pace of social media. It takes decades of hard work to build and spread a normal business brand but these social media sites take just a few years to reach 1 billion users.
As per the statistics, more than 3.5 Billion people in the world have internet access. All of these users spend time on social media sites such as Facebook, WhatsApp, tweeter, etc. Facebook, which only started in 2004, is currently carrying an audience of 2.4 billion users.
People are using these forums to communicate, learn, engage, and connect with the rest of the world. After all, it is always good to be heard, isn’t it? However, this has given unprecedented rise to plagiarism. The public has started to copy others to get views without knowing its impact.
What is Plagiarism?
According to the University of Oxford, plagiarism means copying someone’s idea or work without their consent and proper credits. The term was coined in the 17th century but has gained universal fame during the last 50 years or so.
In social media, it has become a huge issue. It has happened so much that people have become immune, they have stopped considering it a problem. This new trend of copying others with the hashtag #copied has added fuel to fire.
This trend is wrong on so many levels. And this post hopes to start this debate.
Impact of plagiarism on social media
Plagiarism has caused these impacts on social media.
- Rise of Disinformation
The plagiarists have made social media a disinformation hub. People just copy and paste posts of like-minded people without any factual verification.
The numbers are astounding. As per the data, more than 98% of the US Population admitted to seeing fake news about COVID-19. People kept spreading false news and created mass hysteria among the masses to get some petty attention.
- Lack of Credibility
Social media which once emerged as the symbol of freedom of expression has now become a playground of paid trolls and a war of narratives.
The irresponsibility of users has damaged its credibility. Mainstream journalists are often seen mocking social media trends. To regain, social media should return to the original content.
- Copyright Strikes
Plagiarism has increased copyright strikes on social media. If you copy content from verified and credible social media sources without giving credits, you get copyright strikes. And in extreme cases, your account gets banned as well.
However, the copyright policy of different social media sites varies. On Principle, we believe every social media site should have a zero-tolerance policy against plagiarism.
- Quality of Content
Plagiarism affects the content quality. All beauty comes from originality but somehow social media users don’t seem to understand it.
The data is pretty evident that every viral content on social media is original, creative, and up to date. But still, people try to use copying to get cheap views. This craving has polluted the overall content quality. While browsing, you hardly get any unique views rather it seems you are submerged in a sea of copy-pasting.
- Decreases the quality of debate
The quality of debate has gone down because of plagiarism. People are willing to engage, dialogue, and brainstorm ideas. Instead, they love to cry foul and do useless commenting.
This habit has created sensationalism and a lack of tolerance among the users.
Based on these reasons and many more, we believe that social media posts should be plagiarism-free.
How to make plagiarism-free posts?
The best way is to put your thoughts online by manual writing. However, effective writing is not everyone’s cup of tea. We have to acknowledge the fact that people can struggle to write effectively.
To get views, the post should be engaging, spicy, and to the point. Long posts showing detail of the topic should possess strong argumentation and coherence. These skills are not easy to master. Mastering them in English which is the preferred mode of conversation is an even more uphill task.
However, people can use online paraphrasing tools to climb the hill. These tools are backed by advanced NLP and natural language processing which enables them to rewrite content with contextual accuracy and professional writing skills.
These tools can remove plagiarism from your posts and make them look original, engaging with a better viewership.
Steps to remove plagiarism from posts
Following are the steps which you should use to make your posts unique by using the paraphrasing tool.
- Selection of Post
In the first place, you need to select a post that you want to make unique. This would serve as an input to the paraphrasing tool.
For practical demonstration, we have selected the following post:
- Plagiarism Detection
The first part of solving a problem is knowing that it exists. You need to determine the percentage of plagiarism in your post before removing it.
There are plenty of credible plagiarism checkers available on the internet which can do this with ease. For our post following was the plagiarism percentage:
You see that it has 100% plagiarism. And it is a famous Elon Musk quote.
- Visit Paraphrasing Tool
After knowing your target, let us move towards achieving it. You must select a credible online paraphrasing tool to rewrite it.
The tool which we have selected is Paraphrasingtool.ai.
- Copy and paste the post
After selecting the tool, you should know what mode of input it supports. Some tools can analyze Docx files while for most tools you have to copy/paste the text of your post.
We have copied the text on our tool, and it looks like this
- Paraphrase the text
After the right input, you only need to select the paraphrasing option to get the desired result. After a few seconds of waiting, it would show a rephrased version.
In our example, the right tab shows the rewritten text. The highlighted words represent the alterations that have been made to the original text. See the figure below
- Verification of plagiarism removal
To cross-verify the tool’s accuracy, you can check it again on the same plagiarism checker. The percentage should drop down to 0%.
In our case, the tool showed a 0% plagiarism percentage, proving that this content is unique.
Following this method, you can remove plagiarism from all of your social media posts.
Plagiarism has emerged as the biggest evil on social media sites. It has decreased the quality of debate and increased sensationalism and intolerance. The social media accounts of plagiarists are always at risk of being taken down.
To avoid that, they can use online paraphrasing tools to write unique, engaging content.