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June 16, 2021

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WhatsApp’s COVID-19 misinformation problem fueled amid second wave

WhatsApp’s COVID-19 misinformation downside fueled amid second wave | Information

New Delhi: In addition to crippling the medical healthcare infrastructure of India, the second wave of COVID-19 additionally got here with a pretend information plague on the web, in accordance with a not too long ago carried out survey by docs from Rochester, New York, and Pune, India.  
The scientific research printed within the Journal of Medical Web Analysis a peer-reviewed journal, identified that ~30% of Indians relied on WhatsApp to obtain data round COVID-19. 
Round 30% of Indians fact-checked lower than 50% of messages earlier than forwarding, the survey revealed, including that simply 13% of the respondents by no means fact-checked messages earlier than sharing to others.  Nonetheless, solely a handful of WhatsApp customers had been answerable for the majority of forwarding of each appropriate and pretend data round COVID-19. The survey stated that in a day solely 14% of respondents forwarded three or extra messages to others. Simply 5% shared 9 or extra messages. 
By way of age teams, Indians over 65 had been in some way extra more likely to get misinformation. Sadly, the age group was additionally extra more likely to imagine within the pretend messages and even to answer them. 
24-27% of respondents admitted that they’d thought-about utilizing natural, ayurvedic or homoeopathic COVID-19 treatments whereas 7-8% truly tried them to battle the illness. Customers underneath the age of 25 had been the least more likely to obtain pretend messages, the research famous.

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