Fake news shared over 2 million times on social media during Lok Sabha polls

Fake news shared over 2 million times on social media during Lok Sabha polls

  • About 50,000 fake news stories were published during the recent Lok Sabha elections and shared 2 million times, according to a study conducted by fact-checking startup Logically. The firm, which has bases in Mysuru in Karnataka and also in the UK, was even able to track down some fake stories all the way to Chinese and Pakistani IP addresses.
  • “Hateful articles were shared more than three lakh times and 15 lakh shares were connected to extremely biased stories, likely to be reflecting the sharer’s personal opinions on topics. As a result, readers could be entering filter bubbles and echo chambers on their own. This further highlights the unique traits of mis/disinformation in India. The most significant platforms for problematic content have been closed networks such as WhatsApp and private Facebook groups,” the case study titled ‘Misinformation and the Indian Election’, revealed. “Of the 9,44,486 articles analysed, 14.1% were found to be unreliable and 25% were fake,” it added.

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