Non-regulated platforms of social media like Facebook and YouTube can present a risk to the health of the united KINGDOM because they spread the conspiracy theories about coronavirus.
This is the conclusion of a scientific study published in the journal Psychological Medicine found people who get their news from social media are more likely to break the lock of the rules.
The research team from Kings College London suggests that social media, information sites may need to do more to regulate the misleading content.
“One wonders how long this situation may persist while social media platforms continue to provide a mechanism for distribution through the medical world of disinformation,” the report concludes.
The study analyzed surveys conducted in the whole of great Britain in April and May of this year.
We asked people if they thought a number of conspiracy theories concerning Covid-19: that the virus was made in a laboratory, that the death and infection figures had been manipulated by the authorities, that the symptoms were related to 5G of radiation or that there is no solid proof that the virus even exists.
None of these theories has no basis in verifiable fact.
Those who think that such conspiracies were significantly more likely to get their news by the non-regulation of social media. For example, 56% of the people who believe that there is no strong evidence to indicate that coronaviruses are a large number of their information from Facebook, compared to 20% of those who reject the conspiracy theory.
Sixty percent of those who believe that there is a link between the 5G and Covid-19 get a good amount or a great deal of their information on the virus from YouTube. Only 14% of those who reject the theory are regular YouTube users.
And 45% of people who believe Covid-19 deaths are exaggerated by the authorities obtain a large number of their news on the virus of Facebook, more than twice the 19% of non-believers that say the same thing.
“There is a strong positive relationship between the use of social media platforms as sources of knowledge about Covid-19 and holding one or more conspiracy beliefs,” the study finds. “YouTube has had the strongest association with the conspiracy beliefs, followed by Facebook. ”
The research also found that people who have left the house with the possibility of Covid-19 symptoms were more than twice or three times more likely than those who do not have to get information on the virus of Facebook or YouTube.
The people who had admitted that he had family or friends visiting the home are also much more likely to get their information on the coronavirus of social media that those who have stuck by the rules.
The researchers conclude that there is a strong link between belief in conspiracy theories about the virus and risk behaviour in the past imposed restrictions to avoid its spread.
“Conspiracy beliefs act to inhibit the health protection behaviors,” the study concludes, and ” the act on the social media as a vector of such beliefs. ”
The report notes that during the misinformation about the Covid-19 has been multiplied by conspiracy theorist David Icke on ITV and the local London Live TV station, the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom has intervened.
ITV said Mr Icke’s comments were “ill-judged” and ” may challenge the viewers to trust in the guidance of public authorities and scientific evidence.” London had been punished for content that ” had the potential to cause significant harm to viewers “.
YouTube and Facebook also removed Mr. Icke’s official channels of their platforms, and social networks claim that they have made efforts to provide false information concerning the coronavirus under control.
The study will be seized by those who believe that social media companies like Facebook and YouTube, the owners of Google should do more to control the publication of false information.