Social networks need a dedicated button to flag up bogus coronavirus-related posts, an advocacy group has said.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) said the apps had “missed a trick” in combating the problem.

The call coincides with a study that indicates 46% of internet-using adults in the UK saw false or misleading information about the virus in the first week of the country’s lockdown.

Ofcom said the figure rose to 58% among 18-to-24-year-olds.

The communications watchdog said the most common piece of false advice seen during the week beginning 23 March was the claim that drinking more water could flush out an infection.

Incorrect claims that Covid-19 could be alleviated by gargling salt water or avoiding cold food and drink were also widely seen.

The watchdog intends to survey

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