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India at the forefront of spreading misinformation about Corona; International Journal claims

The most misleading information regarding corona has been created on social media in India. A study has revealed that this is due to the country’s internet penetration rate, lack of internet literacy of users and increasing use of social media. The study, published in the Journal of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, SEZs, covers the prevalence and analysis of misinformation about corona in 138 countries.

The study analyzed 9,657 cases of misinformation created in 138 countries and fact-checked by 94 organizations. In order to understand the spread of misinformation in different countries and their sources. Of all the countries, India (18.07 per cent) spread the most misinformation on social media. India is followed by the United States at 9.74 per cent, Brazil at 8.57 per cent and Spain at 8.03 per cent. Like India, these countries have the most misinformation about the corona.

Based on the results of the study, it is said that the spread of misinformation about corona may have a positive relationship with the epidemic. “Social media creates the most misinformation. It is about 84.94 percent. Also, the internet is responsible for 90.5 per cent of the spread of misinformation about Corona. Facebook generates about 66.87 percent of misinformation, ”the study said.

Earlier, the World Health Organization had warned that people’s lives were being endangered by spreading misinformation about the corona. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the information you hear from any reliable source should be verified twice before you believe it.

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