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Coronavirus: fake news less of a problem than confusing government messages – new study

By Stephen Khan, for The Conversation Studies have suggested social media is rife with disinformation, with surveys showing a high proportion of people have been exposed to false or misleading claims about COVID-19, fuelling dramatic headlines. But our six-week diary study of news audiences between April 16 and May 27 found that the vast majority of our panel of 200 participants could easily spot fake news. They found stories such as the conspiracy theory that

Russian scientists claim false credit for hi-res photos of coronavirus

By Polygraph Channel OneRussian state-owned TV channel“Well, today we finally managed to see the enemy’s face — the first high-quality photos of the coronavirus appeared.” Source: Channel One News, March 19, 2020 False The first novel coronavirus images were published in the United States, not Russia. On March 19, Russian state-owned television’s Channel One ran a news segment claiming that Russian scientists had produced the “first high-quality photos” of the

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