His flare Coronavirus is one of the most discussed topics in the world. So far, 3000 people have died from the virus, and 89000 are still ill. So, of course, there are many theories, true and false, that are currently circulating in the SOCIAL MEDIA.
Specifically at Twitter, over three months, over 2 million have been published tweets promoting conspiracy theories about COVID-19. One of these theories claims that the coronavirus was developed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or that it was the result of experiments involving biological weapons.
In accordance with CNN, a man from Mongolia, was arrested and jailed for 10 days last month for spreading the word that coronavirus is a biological weapon created by USA. In addition he was fined $ 71.
The Washington Post reports that the US government has found more than seven similar fake news spread through Twitter. Some misleading tweets have also claimed that the coronavirus is the result of "unauthorized and coordinated activity" and that foreign governments are deliberately trying to spread fear over the resulting international health emergency.
One of the conspiracy theories claims that coronavirus was created in the laboratories of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese science institute affiliated with the government of the country. Another version of this theory holds that the first patient infected with the virus belonged to the same institute. A similar theory says that laboratories were working to make biological weapons for the Chinese army and the virus leaked because of an error.
What is the truth
The scientists all over the world have rejected these conspiracy theories. 27 well-known public health scientists have issued a joint statement saying they oppose all conspiracy theories and strongly condemn them. Their statement was published in a medical journal, The Lancet, on 19 February.
As good as social media users are for not spreading or sharing, these theories are not based on evidence and facts, as many are the ones who tend to believe these stories.
The role of social media
Twitter has not made any official statement on the matter, but is working with federal officials to combat conspiracy theories.
However, these references clearly show how conspiracy theories and fake news take on a large dimension. It also shows how platforms social media play a key role in spreading misinformation. THE speed spreading the fake news and conspiracy theories has surpassed the spread of the virus itself!