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Trump supporters on Twitter spread Covid-19 rumors about China

Posted On: Jun 2, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Trump supporters on Twitter spread Covid-19 rumors about China

LONDON - Nearly 30 groups of Twitter users who identified themselves as supporters of President Donald Trump, the Republican Party or the conspiracy theory QAnon spread rumors that the coronavirus was a bioweapon created in China, according to new research.
An analysis of more than 2.6 million tweets over a 10-day period from late March found that 28 so-called Twitter clusters associated with conservative politicians or QAnon promoted the story about Covid-19's origins, according to academics from The Australia Institute's Center for Responsible Technology, a progressive think tank. The clusters are groups of Twitter accounts, many of them automated, that frequently shared posts.
Since early January, rumors have exploded on social media that various governments, including the U.S., created the coronavirus as part of military experiments - reports that have been debunked by the World Health Organization and multiple fact-checking groups. U.S. intelligence and health officials have likewise rejected the idea...

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