Published: 2020-04-05 18:05
Last Updated: 2020-04-05 20:34
A survey conducted by the Center for Refugees, Displaced Persons, and Forced Migration at Yarmouk University on "The impact of rumors on Jordanian society in light of the COVID-19 crisis" showed that 86.4% of Jordanians surveyed back tougher penalties against rumor promoters.
In a statement on Sunday, April 5, the Center's Director, Dr. Anas Sobh, said the study showed that 31.4% of the study sample, which covered all the Kingdom's governorates, exchange information through social media platforms without verifying the extent of their authenticity or their real source.
55.9% of individuals inside Jordan are taking rumors "seriously," before being confirmed by the relevant official authorities, which negatively affect their morale, Sobh pointed out.
With regard to the global epidemic, "COVID-19", the study revealed that 33.9% of individuals depend on information related to this pandemic from media outlets and social media platforms, while 72.1% take information "seriously" when issued or approved by the relevant authorities, whereas 40% of the sample sees rumors affect their behavior, and their marketing style.