New Delhi: India produced the biggest quantity of social media misinformation on COVID-19 because of the nation’s greater web penetration price, rising social media consumption and customers’ lack of web literacy, in response to a brand new research.
The research, ‘Prevalence and Source Analysis of COVID-19 Misinformation in 138 Countries’, was revealed in Sage’s International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions journal.
The research analysed 9,657 items of misinformation that originated in 138 nations. They had been truth-checked by 94 organisations to know the prevalence and sources of misinformation in several nations.
“Of all the countries, India (18.07 per cent) produced the largest amount of social media misinformation, perhaps thanks to the country’s higher internet penetration rate, increasing social media consumption and users’ lack of internet literacy,” the research stated.
Also, the outcomes additionally confirmed that India (15.94 per cent), the US (9.74 per cent), Brazil (8.57 per cent) and Spain (8.03 per cent) are the 4 most misinformation-affected nations.
Based on the outcomes, the research stated, it’s presumed that the prevalence of COVID-19 misinformation can have a constructive affiliation with the pandemic scenario.
“Social media (84.94 per cent) produces the largest amount of misinformation, and the internet (90.5 per cent) as a whole is responsible for most of the COVID-19 misinformation. Moreover, Facebook alone produces 66.87 per cent of the misinformation among all social media platforms,” it said.
Earlier, the World Health Organisation had additionally warned that false info on COVID-19 is spreading and placing folks at risk.
The WHO had urged folks to verify to double-examine every thing they hear with trusted sources.
#Note-Author Name – Press Trust of India