Chinese COVID-19 disinformation campaigns commenced as early as January: Stanford

This culminated in a Chinese government official accusing the US military of starting the outbreak on social media.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, there has been an uptick in misinformation circulating online. In particular, there have been various conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of coronavirus which has sparked a US-China blame game.

According to researchers from Stanford, this blame game, in combination with inaccurate news reporting and social media conspiracy theories, culminated in the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Information Department's deputy director-general, Zhao Lijian, early last month sharing conspiracy theories on Twitter that accused the US military of starting the coronavirus outbreak.



Posted on April 5, 2020

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