India World’s top source of Covid-19 misinformation

According to a new study, India produced the largest amount of social media misinformation on COVID-19 due to the country’s higher internet penetration rate, increasing social media consumption and users’ lack of internet literacy.

The study, ‘Prevalence and Source Analysis of COVID-19 Misinformation in 138 Countries’, was published in Sage’s International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions journal.

The study analysed 9,657 pieces of misinformation that originated in 138 countries. They were fact-checked by 94 organisations to understand the prevalence and sources of misinformation in different countries.

“Of all the countries, India (18.07 per cent) produced the largest amount of social media misinformation, perhaps thanks to the country’s higher internet penetration rate, increasing social media consumption and users’ lack of internet literacy,” the study said.