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

New Delhi: Moreover 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 response to a just lately performed survey by docs from Rochester, New York, and Pune, India.  

The scientific examine revealed 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. 
Nevertheless, solely a handful of WhatsApp customers had been chargeable for the majority of forwarding of each appropriate and faux 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 by some means extra prone to get misinformation. Sadly, the age group was additionally extra prone to imagine within the pretend messages and even to reply to them. 

24-27% of respondents admitted that that they had thought-about utilizing natural, ayurvedic or homoeopathic COVID-19 cures whereas 7-Eight% truly tried them to battle the illness. Customers beneath the age of 25 had been the least prone to obtain pretend messages, the examine famous.

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