According to a new study, India produced the largest amount of social media misinformation on COVID-19 because of the country’s higher net penetration rate, growing social media intake, and users’ lack of net literacy.
The study, “Prevalence and Source Analysis of COVID-19 Misinformation in 138 Countries”, was published in Sage’s International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions journal. The study analyzed 9,657 portions of misinformation that originated in 138 countries.
They have been fact-checked by 94 corporations to apprehend the superiority and sources of misinformation in different countries. “Of all of the countries, India (18.07 percent) produced the largest amount of social media misinformation, possibly a way to the country’s higher net penetration rate, growing social media intake and users’ lack of net literacy,” the study said.
Also, the outcomes additionally confirmed that India (15.94 according to cent), the US (9.74 percent), Brazil (8.57 percent), and Spain (8.03 percent) are the 4 maximum misinformation-affected countries. Based on the outcomes, the study said, it is presumed that the superiority of COVID-19 misinformation could have a high-quality affiliation with the pandemic situation.
“Social media (84.94 percent) produces the largest amount of misinformation, and the net (90.5 percent) as a whole is liable for a maximum of the COVID-19 misinformation. Moreover, Facebook alone produces 66.87 percent of the misinformation amongst all social media platforms,” it stated.
Earlier, the World Health Organisation had additionally warned that fake statistics on COVID-19 are spreading and setting people in danger. The WHO had advised humans to ensure to double-take a look at the whole thing they hear with relied on sources.