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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, according to a new study.

New Delhi: 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, according to a new study. 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…

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