Misinformation Trends in India

Revealing patterns in debunked information as an outline to help you identify and be wary of content around which misinformation is spread.

{{ graphTitle }}

Protests
Politicians
Anti-Muslim
Covid-19
Other
{{ xAxisLabel }}
Debunked Information as Source

Misinformation has increasingly become a pervasive issue that traverses social media platforms. Organizations like Boom Live, Logical Indian and India Today are IFCN certified fact-checking websites that works debunks information.

This investigation analyzed and presents recurring patterns in 3500+ claims from these organizations.

Emerging Themes

The analysis revealed 15+ key-words that were recurring frequently. It was possible to identify underlying themes within these terms and categorize them into four main categories. The themes were COVID-19, Politicians, Protests and Muslims.

Breakdown of patterns: COVID-19

"COVID-19", "Coronavirus", "COVID-19 Vaccine" were frequently occuring words in 2020-2021.

COVID-19 has triggered mass misinformation within India. The public health misinformation does considerable damage to the people causing panic and misleading the public to adopt practices that are harmful in times of a crisis.

To create a false sense of legitimacy the information is often shared with names of organizations, doctors and celebrities.

To understand what misinformation in this category looks like hover the graphs.

Breakdown of patterns: Politicians

"Narendra Modi" is the key-word with the highest occurences in the data-set. "Narendra Modi" and "BJP" contributed to 10% of the misinformation claims. Politicians contributed to 14% of overall claims in which close to 50 claims were about "Rahul Gandhi.

To understand what misinformation in this category looks like hover the graphs.

Breakdown of patterns: Protests

112 out of 530 claims in 2021 was about "Farmers", "Farmers Protest" or "Protest" The government has a history of shutting down protests and dissenting voices against the government in the guise of misinformation. This has also happened recently with the COVID-19 surge and the farmers protest.

However, by hovering over the graphs in this section you can notice that the misinformation that is circulated in this category is usually about the protest itself and not the cause of the protest.

Breakdown of patterns: Anti-Muslim

"Muslim" is a frequently occuring key word in misinformation. Anti-muslim misinformation has led to killing of muslims within the country. The misinformation against muslims is a form of hate speech that accelerates the existing deep-seated prejudice against muslims and islamaphobia.

To understand what misinformation in this category looks like hover the graphs.