Corona has become the first social media Infodemic in true sense. “Infodemic,’” refers to an overabundance of information—some accurate and some not. With over 45% people in world using smartphones, like the virus, the misinformation lethally spread around the world at such unprecedented speeds triggering anxiety, panic, fear, confusion and racism in people.
It has become difficult to find reliable and trustworthy information when needed.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), noted that urgent measures must now be taken to address the “coronavirus infodemic”.
Amidst all this chaos, there is a silver lining too, on platforms like Weibo and WeChat, stories of kindness, volunteering, donating and helping each other in unexpected and generous ways also overflow.