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India’s Top Source of Social Media Misinformation About Covid-19: Study


According to a new study, India produced the largest amount of social media misinformation about COVID-19 due to the country’s higher internet penetration rate, increasing social media consumption, and lack of internet literacy among users.

The study “Prevalence and Source Analysis of COVID-19 Misinformation in 138 Countries” was published in the journal International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions by Sage.

The study analyzed 9,657 misinformation from 138 countries. They were fact checked by 94 organizations to understand the prevalence and sources of misinformation in different countries.

“Of all countries, India (18.07 percent) produced the largest amount of misinformation on social media, possibly thanks to the country’s higher internet penetration rate, increasing social media consumption and poor internet literacy of users,” the study said .

The results also showed that India (15.94 percent), the United States (9.74 percent), Brazil (8.57 percent) and Spain (8.03 percent) are the four countries most affected by misinformation.

Based on the results, according to the study, it is believed that the prevalence of COVID-19 misinformation may have a positive association with the pandemic situation.

“Social media (84.94 percent) produces the largest amount of misinformation, and the internet (90.5 percent) as a whole is responsible for most of the Covid-19 misinformation. In addition, Facebook alone produces 66.87 percent of the misinformation from everyone. “Social media platforms,” ​​it said.

The World Health Organization had previously warned that false information about COVID-19 would spread and put people at risk.

WHO had asked people to check everything they hear with trusted sources.

(Only the headline and image of this report may have been revised by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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