Monday, January 18, 2021
Home India 69% Indians Receiving Fake News During Lockdown: Survey

69% Indians Receiving Fake News During Lockdown: Survey

Lets decode fake news about Covid-19

By Puja Gupta

The spread of fake news is at an all-time high in the midst of the coronavirus onslaught. Majority of the news currently being circulated on social media platforms have a questionable status; often they have more than one element of falsification.

This news mainly pertains to details of repatriation flights, preventive measures, treatment for Covid-19, information regarding containment zones or impending lockdowns in various areas, etc.

Social Media Matters (SMM) along with the Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics (IGPP) carried out a survey regarding Fake News generated and perceived by the regular population during this time. With around 3,752 questionnaires filled out from across India, the survey generated a detailed understanding by a variety of people belonging to different age groups and states across India.

Follow NewsGram on Twitter to stay updated about the World news.

While the majority of participants lied in the age-group of 18 to 25 (2,766 respondents) it was closely followed by the age-group 25 to 35 with 565 respondents.

According to the survey supported by Sarvahitey and Youth Online Learning Opportunities:

69 percent respondents reported receiving fake news regarding COVID-19, during the lockdown.

Decoding fake news in Covid-19
88.4% reported the major source of Fake News to be WhatsApp. Pixabay

74 percent of the recipients belonged to the age category of 18-25 years.

88.4 percent reported the major source of Fake News to be WhatsApp, followed by Facebook (42.5 percent) and Instagram (reported by 21.96 percent)

70 percent of the respondents reported cross checking and verifying news which seems fake

The major sources of fact checking were Google Search (48.8 percent) and Government sources (36.6 percent)

Nearly 84 percent stated that they do not trust such news

76 percent stated they inform others regarding the spread of fake news, once recognised

89 percent were aware that the dissemination of fake news is a crime as per the law, only 30 percent stated to report such news.

Decoding fake news in Covid-19
95% respondents felt that there is a need to raise more awareness regarding the reporting mechanisms for fake news. Pixabay

95 percent respondents felt that there is a need to raise more awareness regarding the reporting mechanisms for fake news.

Also Read: 7 Tips for Choosing Canada Windows and Doors Company

Commenting on the outcomes, Amitabh Kumar, Founder of Social Media Matters said: “Misinformation is probably the most complex phenomenon of the information age, as it attacks the basic fragment of our modern society, which is an informed citizen. We need to take up a systematic approach to ensure we build capacities of fact seeking.”

Dr. Manish Tiwari, Sr. Fellow, Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics said: “Social media is becoming the new carrier of info-demics in these times of pandemic… Almost 70 percent of people in the Country have got some fake news or mis-information about Covid-19 since it started; and 75 percent of these are between the age of 18-25 years. It’s clear, young people are being targeted to further spread the misinformation and fake news as they are prime users of all the social media platforms.” (IANS)



Most Popular

Akshay Oberoi: This Profession Can Knock You Down Multiple Times

Akshay Oberoi has been a part of Bollywood for almost a decade now. He agrees that the acting profession is difficult and can knock...

B-Town Actress Kangana Ranaut Shares Awful Thing About Nepotism

Actress Kangana Ranaut says after nepotism, the most awful thing about being an actor is going through a night shift. "Apart from nepotism and movie...

Cure. Fit Acquires Digital Fitness Company Onyx

Health and fitness startup Cure. fit on Monday announced it has acquired Onyx, a US-based fitness company that is building the world's smartest digital...

5 Instagram Tools One Should Be Using In 2021

BY OUTREACH REVIEWS We are living in the digital era where the internet is rapidly taking over our lives and influencing the way we live. Social...

Save Planet, Turn Off Your Camera During Virtual Call

Turning off your camera during a virtual meeting can do a lot to reduce your carbon footprint, a new study suggests. The study, published...

A Musical Tribute To The Valor And Brave Indian soldiers

In the run-up to this year's Republic Day, music aficionados can gear up for a musical tribute to the valor and courage of the...

Some Wellness Trends To Shape The Industry In This New Year

Holistic well-being focused on nutrition and rejuvenation is being talked about more than ever. The global hospitality industry has seen a renewed interest in...

Know About The Warning Signs Of Cervical Cancer

Did you know that unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge could be a warning sign of cervical cancer? India accounts for nearly one-fourth of the...

Recent Comments