A recent study in the UK has revealed that people who use social media platforms as their main source of news are more open to false information about coronavirus and conspiracy theories.
Conspiracy theories have also increased significantly since the coronavirus emerged. On the one hand, those who claim that the virus is not actually on the one hand, and those who claim that the source of the virus is 5G on the one hand, are quite confused.
A research for King’s College published by Ipsos Mori on Thursday. The research reveals how unfounded news and erroneous information about the coronavirus spread and the reasons for its spread.
8% of those who hold 5G responsible for COVID-19
Many groundless claims and erroneous information can have real consequences. We have seen people setting fire to 5G towers over the past period. Scientists stated that 5G does not cause any health problems. But it turned out that some people still believe in it.
In the research, he focused on how the British deal with coronavirus news. In May, the rate of those who believed that the disease was produced in the laboratory was 30%. This rate was 25% in April. The rate of those who associate the virus with 5G was 8%. Some people do not believe in the existence of the virus.
According to the results of the research, 60% of people who think that 5G and pandemics are related get the news from YouTube. This rate is only 14% for those who do not believe in the claim. 56% of the news from Facebook states that there is no evidence of coronavirus.
A second research supporting
A similar study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine. This research revealed a strong relationship between social media use and belief in baseless information. In a study with 2254 UK citizens, it was also effective in the spread of the disease.
According to the research, 58% of those who received their information from YouTube went out on the street despite the symptoms of the disease. This rate remained at 16% for those who did not receive the news from social media. In addition, the rate of people receiving Facebook as a news source was higher.
Daniel Allington of King’s College London said it was not surprising that there were many misleading and false news on social media during the pandemic process. Both YouTube and Facebook are working to remove certain types of content and facilitate access to accurate information.