viernes, 23 de febrero de 2024   inicia sesión o regístrate
 
Protestante Digital
Flecha
 
SÍGUENOS EN
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Rss
 


 
EN PROFUNDIDAD
 
 

ENCUESTA
New Evangelical Focus
Do you like the new design of the Evangelical Focus website?
Yes!
67%
No.
0%
I'm not sure...
33%
Encuesta cerrada. Número de votos: 3
VER MÁS ENCUESTAS
 



 

Brazil: 49% of evangelicals receive ‘fake news’ on religious Whatsapp groups

A study of the University of Rio de Janeiro stresses that "a critical reading is needed" to face the circulation of false information in the digital media.

FUENTES Protestante Digital AUTOR 5/Evangelical_Focus 31 DE ENERO DE 2022 10:06 h
Photo: [link]Nathan Dumlao[/link], Unsplash, CC0

The Nutes Institute for Education in Science and Health at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, has recently published a report on the disinformation related to the expansion of digital media.



The report, titled Pathways of disinformation: Evangelicals, fake news and Whatsapp in Brazil, focuses on analysing the attitudes of evangelicals towards fake news and its impact on religious Whatsapp groups.



According to the data collected by the research, 49% of Brazilian evangelicals assure that they have received 'fake news' in some of their evangelical contact groups.



Furthermore, 29.7% of the evangelicals surveyed acknowledged that they have shared information even though they knew it was untrue.



“It requires resilience to take a stand against participating in the dissemination of lies”, point out the authors of the report.



 



Political news, the most common



Over 61% of those surveyed said that politics is “a recurring theme” in the fake news they have seen circulating in faith-related Whatsapp groups, while 33% admit to turn to “acquaintances” more than to media for information.



Researchers warn that “the fake news circulation system is part of the digital media and has a strong emotional and trust component", so that “a critical reading is needed”.



 



Social media ‘a new way to go to church’



“The intense use of social media as ‘a new way to go to church’ is one of those practices associated with a sense of belonging to the community, that creates an image of leaders and brethren as reliable sources of news”, says Magali Cunha, one of the researchers of the report, in an article written for the Brazilian magazine Ultimato.



According to the survey results, just over 13% of respondents think of pastors and church leaders as the “most reliable source of information”.



 



High exposure to Whatsapp



The researchers of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro talk of “an intense use of religious Whatsapp groups, that is widespread among evangelicals", with up to 90.4% of evangelicals in Brazil participating in that kind of groups. Among Catholics, the percentage drops to 71%.



“Perhaps this largely explains the greater perception of the circulation of disinformation among people in this segment [evangelicals]", conclude the authors.



 



Disinformation: A widespread reality



The Brazilian report is not unique. In October 2021, Relevant magazine revealed that troll groups in Europe were controlling many of the most-followed 'Christian' Facebook pages.



Furthermore, in January 2021, Lifeway Research published the results of a survey among US pastors which showed that half of the evangelical leaders surveyed claimed to have heard repeated conspiracy theories from members of their congregations.


 

 


0
COMENTARIOS

    Si quieres comentar o

 



 
 
ESTAS EN: - - Brazil: 49% of evangelicals receive ‘fake news’ on religious Whatsapp groups
 
 
Síguenos en Ivoox
Síguenos en YouTube y en Vimeo
 
 
RECOMENDACIONES
 
PATROCINADORES
 

 
AEE
PROTESTANTE DIGITAL FORMA PARTE DE LA: Alianza Evangélica Española
MIEMBRO DE: Evangelical European Alliance (EEA) y World Evangelical Alliance (WEA)
 

Las opiniones vertidas por nuestros colaboradores se realizan a nivel personal, pudiendo coincidir o no con la postura de la dirección de Protestante Digital.