Amidst the Coronavirus lockdown, Fake Newshas reached an all-time high. The majority of the news currently being circulated in and around social media platforms have a questionable status. This news mainly consists of details of repatriation flights, preventive measures, and treatment for COVID-19, information regarding containment zones or impending lockdowns in various areas, etc.
During such trying times,Social Media Matters (SMM) along with the Institute for Governance, Policies and Politics (IGPP) has carried out a detailed survey regarding Fake News generated and perceived by the regular population during COVID-19. With around 3752 questionnaires filled out from across India, the survey generated a detailed understanding of fake news by a variety of people belonging to different age groups and states across India. While the majority of participants lied in the age-group of 18 to 25 (2766 respondents) it was closely followed by the age-group 25 to 35 having 565 respondents. The survey was supported by Sarvahitey and Youth Online Learning Opportunities.
The survey highlights extremely relevant information, while helping decode the various aspects of fake news, and not only how it is responded to, but also how it is acted upon. It furthers enlightens one to tackle the onset of fake news among the Indian population.