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Most misinformation about Covid 19 spread in India, says research

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India has the most misinformation about the Covid situation. Then there is America. Brazil and Spain are ranked third and fourth, respectively. A recent study has made such a sensational claim. The Internet plays a major role in providing misinformation. Social media at the top among its various categories. Again, among social media, Facebook is most responsible for this.

The researchers came to this conclusion by analyzing a total of 9,658 fake news about Covid-19 collected from 138 countries between January 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. The study was led by Professor Mohammad Saeed Al Zaman of the University of Alberta in Canada. The research paper titled ‘Prevention and Source Analysis of Covid-19 Misinformation in 138 Countries’ was published in an international journal on August 26. It is seen that 15.94 percent of it is published from India. It is followed by the United States (9.07 percent), Brazil (8.56 percent) and Spain (7.03 percent). 

Most of these, i.e. 90.5 percent of the erroneous or misleading information has been served through the Internet. Social media is responsible for 84.94 percent of them. Facebook is at the top in this regard. 7.6 percent of misinformation was spread through Mark Zuckerberg’s company. Of the 136 countries that have published misinformation on social media, 16.08 per cent are in India. However, this rate is higher than other countries.

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But why so much false information in India? Researcher Al Zaman claims that the infrastructure to provide accurate information in India is quite weak. Although people use the internet and social media, there is a lack of awareness and information (digital) literacy. 

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However, misinformation and misinformation is on the rise mainly due to the arrival of Covid. Because, at that time no database was created in this regard. However, his research also shows that the most false information in the world was published in March 2020. However, it started to decrease from May.

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