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One-third of people have seen misleading info on COVID-19 on social media: report

Roughly one in three people across the United States, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and ..

By admin , in Tech , at April 15, 2020

Roughly one in three people across the United States, Spain, Germany, United Kingdom, Argentina and South Korea say theyve seen false or misleading information on social media linked to the coronavirus, according to a new report.

The analysis, published Wednesday by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, comes as Facebook and Google say theyve pulled out all the stops to clamp down on how misinformation about COVID-19 is shared on their networks. Tech giants continue to face accusations that theyre not doing enough to remove online falsehoods and other digital content that may put peoples lives at risk.

These efforts to crack down have yet to eliminate all such material from social media, according to the Oxford University academics who polled more than 8,500 people, collectively, across the six countries during the final week of March and first days of April.

“The incentives that generate a lot of the misinformation are still there,” Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, director of the Reuters Institute and co-author of the study, told POLITICO. “Nothing will solve this problem on its own. Its going to take greater collaboration.”

The highest levels of misinformation on social media were reported in Spain and Argentina where more than 40 percent of those polled in each country said they haRead More – Source

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