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BBC investigation on dangers of fake news echo risks to vaccine confidence

12 Nov, 2018
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A new BBC investigation into fake news in Africa and India shows the viral power of misinformation on public sentiment  and behaviours. These dynamics are equally dangerous in their power to undermine vaccine confidence and trigger vaccine refusal and the risk of disease outbreaks.  – HL

A year in fake news in Africa 

The spread of fake news in Africa has been blamed for igniting ethnic violence, sowing confusion among voters and even causing currency fluctuations. As the BBC launches major new research into fake news in Africa, we break down five false stories that made a big impact on the continent in the past 12 months.  Read full story 

Nationalism a driving force behind fake news in India, research shows 

The research found that facts were less important to some than the emotional desire to bolster national identity.   Social media analysis suggested that right-wing networks are much more organised than on the left, pushing nationalistic fake stories further.  There was also an overlap of fake news sources on Twitter and support networks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The findings come from extensive research in India, Kenya, and Nigeria into the way ordinary citizens engage with and spread fake news. Read full story

 

Related story: The biggest pandemic risk? Viral misinformation  Read full story

 

This entry was posted on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at 10:49 am and is filed under Blog.

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