Our team has been keeping a close eye on the news surrounding coronavirus disinformation as well as the stories that have been flying under the radar with the global focus on the pandemic. The articles below cover a coronavirus disinformation video that has recently gone viral on social media, Facebook’s announcement of the removal of a Iranian disinformation network, and a controversial webpage created by the French government in an attempt to dispel coronavirus disinformation.
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Vote-By-Mail Debate Raises Fears of Election Disinformation (AP News, 5 May 2020)
Coronavirus: ‘Plandemic’ virus conspiracy video spreads across social media (BBC News, 8 May 2020)
French government takes down coronavirus ‘fake news’ web page (The Guardian, 6 May 2020)
Covid-19: the psychology of conspiracy theories (The Guardian, 5 May 2020)
Facebook says it dismantles disinformation network tied to Iran’s state media (Reuters, 5 May 2020)
Americans are fighting coronavirus misinformation on social media (The Washington Post, 7 May 2020)