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Where WEF 'Experts' See False Information Posing The Biggest Threat

•, by Tyler Durden

In the chart below, Statista's Anna Fleck shows the varying degrees to which misinformation and disinformation are rated to be problems for a selection of analyzed countries in the next two years, based on a ranking of 34 economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks.

Disinformation is defined as situations where the author has purposefully sought to mislead their audience.

Misinformation describes information which is spread out of genuine belief, but can be just as harmful - like is sometimes the case with conspiracy theories.

India is the country where the risk of disinformation and misinformation was ranked highest. Out of all risks, misinformation and disinformation was most frequently selected as the number one risk for the country by the experts, coming before infectious diseases, illicit economic activity, inequality (wealth, income) and labor shortages. The South Asian nation's next general election is expected to be held between April and May 2024 in a country of some 1.4 billion people.

Fake news had allegedly been rife in India's 2019 election, with Vice reporting how parties had "weaponized the platforms [of Whatsapp and Facebook] to spread incendiary messages to supporters, heightening fears that online anger could spill over into real-world violence." More recently, misinformation also became an issue during the Covid-19 pandemic in India, again via WhatsApp.

Other countries facing a high risk of the impacts of misinformation and disinformation are El Salvador, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Romania, Ireland, Czechia, the United States, Sierra Leone, France and Finland, all with the threat considered to be one of the 4th-6th most dangerous risks facing the country out of 34 in the coming two years.