The String Of Spreading Confusion - The Good, The Bad, And The Gullible
COVID-19 is being labeled as the first major pandemic of the social media age. According to Mr. Berger(UNESCO), some have benefited from the pandemic, to scatter disinformation to advance their agendas: “The motives for spreading disinformation are numerous, and include political intentions, self-promotion, and dragging regard as part of a business portrait.”These different motives require different responses, but we should not miss the spectacle of the fact that irrespective of purpose, the consequence of sharing falsehoods is to disinform and disempower the public, with deadly potential.
In troubling times, social media helps circulate essential information to the sections. Sadly, fake accounts are common on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram having an intent to spread fear and fake news. The accurate scale of misinformation is challenging to estimate. But its global ubiquity can be felt through COVID-19-related hashtag activity.
A 2019 report published by researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute explained Evidence of planned social media manipulation campaigns that have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017 showing at least one political party or government agency wielding social media to mold public attitudes domestically.
It resembles certain political groups and state agents may crave to propagate chaos for the sake of political gains.
A recent example is a debate over whether we should or shouldn’t wear face masks?
The Centre for Disease Control in the US has now updated its former recommendation against wearing masks in public. At the same time, Australia’s deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly has told Australians that they shouldn’t wear face masks.
Although this word seems to be driven by concerns over the short supply of medical face masks for the Australian health care system, he went onto say “using a mask incorrectly can make it more dangerous.”But Yale researchers show that wearing face masks reduces the spread of COVID-19 and saves lives.
With inconsistent information about COVID-19 arising from the highest levels of government, disinformation it’s more vital than ever for those with reliable information to be sure they’re being heard.
In INDIA a group of 400 scientists has united together to form Indian Scientists' Response to COVID-19 - committed to demystifying false messages about the virus. The group has been interacting and coordinating with each other online.
The most essential here is to cut the mass of false information. Governments play a pivotal role here, in giving detailed, clear, and transparent official information that crowds out fake news. Governments often avoid interacting like this, to save standing or avoid panic, but the truth is that convenient, reliable and plentiful official message is crucial to halting the bogus kind.