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Report shows 10 news sites are responsible for 69 percent of digital climate change denial

The ever destructive human activity has been catastrophic to the global ecosystem and has been destroying it ever since the human’s started with the stone age back in the day from coal engines, to nuclear powerplants, to green house gases to CFC and many other problems have caused destructive damage to the world. Not only that, the damage even though could be repaired over a long period of time, is seeing none as there is no movement on a scale big enough to change it. While there have been Sustainable Development Goals by the UN and activities from the governments, the misinformation being spread in this regard is more deadly and problematic than anyone could have seen and is more harmful to the environment than several other factors.

According to a report launched by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, the toxic 10, a mere of 10 news publishing organizations (that are abusing the platform provided by Google and Facebook) are responsible for an estimated 70% of climate destruction denial content, out of context reports, and even spreading misinformation that seems absurd to the more aware.

However, what was all the more surprising was the ties of three of these companies and the links that it has to the fossil fuel sector calling for not only spreading false information under the wrong pretext but doing so with malign intention to have personal gain and negative connotations.

A second report that had been published earlier this year by the Center highlighted 12 of these organizations that it termed as disinformation dozen and held them responsible for greater than 73% of all vaccine myths being spread that are absolutely false in its entirety.

The credibility and approach of this study can be accredited to the fact that US Senators have used these studies to urge the social media sites to take action, swiftly and quickly against the misinformation that is even killing at times.

However, Meta, previously Facebook, was quick to deny the allegations levied and that too with facts by stating that the coverage the study took is only pertaining to a meager 0.3 percent of all studies released on the platform. In the release, Meta claimed that the Center just took the 700,000 of the posts out of the 200 million that surface the media and most of which are cracked down on by the Artificial Intelligence if they defy the criteria or are indicated in retrospective search to be spreading misinformation.

We need to understand that this problem needs to be clamped down by both sides of the spectrum, the legislative bodies and the social media applications.


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