According to a recent study has disclosed that over a span of a year and a half, India has emerged as the biggest centre of misinformation regarding COVID-19, with one out of 6 bits of fake information being communicated from the country.
As per details, The study published in Sage journal — conducted by a researcher from the University of Alberta, Canada suggests that social media is the greatest producer of misinformation, accounting for 85% of it, while internet-based sources make up to 91% of all fake news about coronavirus.
The researcher of the study went through 9,657 pieces of misinformation emerging from 138 nations during the period from January 1, 2020, to March 1, 2021.
The research used is collected from the (Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network) IFCN website, which currently has the most comprehensive coronavirus misinformation data collected from all over the world, the publication cited the author of the study, Md Sayeed Al-Zaman as saying.
The data found that among different countries, India is the biggest source of fake news as it produces 16% out of 91% of the fake news on the internet, India is followed by Brazil (9%) and the USA (8.6%).
According to the study, Al-Zaman said that he suspects that the weak information and communication infrastructure, less (digital) information literacy and information awareness among people could be the prime reasons for higher coronavirus misinformation in India.
He further added that fake news increases when a crisis first appears and reliable data isn’t readily available.
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