May 4, 2020

Coronavirus: Far-right spreads Covid-19 'infodemic' on Facebook

"What if [they] are trying to kill off as many people as possible" reads one Facebook post. While false claims about coronavirus have been hard to miss, the interests and ideologies underneath them have been far less visible. First, researchers collected about 150,000 public Facebook posts sent by 38 far-right groups and pages since January., a news site whose advertising was banned by Facebook, and which was accused of covert inauthentic activity by both Facebook and Twitter last year, received more than 48 million interactions. "Interactions" do not imply agreement, and they were counted for each website overall, not exclusively for misinformation regarding coronavirus.

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