A recent study by Talkwalker shows that disinformation has become more rampant, and the Internet is becoming void of trustworthy and credible sources of information.
The scarier thing is, we make disinformation stronger by sharing misleading content on social media.
Everyone is hungry for information with the outbreak of COVID-19 last March. While fake news and conspiracy theories have been around since the dawn of the Internet, the pandemic has made disinformation more prevalent.
People are wary and anxious about COVID-19. When strict lockdown measures were imposed, people turned to the Internet for information about the pandemic.
The study revealed that people couldn’t identify legitimate sources, making them create conclusions for themselves. This scenario contributes to the rise of fake news and conspiracy theories that spark fear and cynicism.
Today, it is now more acceptable that the pandemic is part of the new normal. This belief has calmed the surge of anxiety, confusion, and paranoia among many people.
Disinformation, however, still remains and it could be used as an exploitative gambit to scam vulnerable individuals online. To stop disinformation, always think first before posting and sharing content on social media.