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COVID-19: People spreading misleading facts about pandemic on internet

People are spreading false information about the new coronavirus pandemic on internet. Many social media users are posting misleading facts about the virus, even before understanding the seriousness of it.

This has been revealed in a report published by researchers at Oxford Internet Institute. The study says:

“Social media is becoming the reason of sharing of false facts and information about the new COVID-19. Twitter has almost 60% of false information, available on the internet. Rival social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook have 27% and 24% misleading facts respectively,” said the report.

The report, based on 225 pieces of content available on the internet, says that the information was either twisted or manipulated by the people.

“The source of 20% of the said false facts were politicians, celebrities, and other prominent figures who generated 69% attraction over the internet with these pieces of misleading information,” added the report.

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Those politicians named in the report who shared false information about coronavirus include President of the United States (POTUS) Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough said that the company was prioritizing the removal of content when it has a call to action that could potentially cause harm.

“Since introducing new (COVID-19) policies on March 18, we’ve removed more than 1,100 Tweets and challenged 1.5 million potentially spammy accounts targeting COVID-19 discussions,” said Katie.

“We have clear policies against COVID misinformation and we quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us,” YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said on the subject.

“Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency, we’ve been taking aggressive steps to stop misinformation and harmful content from spreading, including by making additional investments to our program of over 60 fact-checking partners around the world who are debunking false claims in over 50 languages,” said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.

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