July 5, 2020
Chinese operatives reportedly stoked coronavirus lockdown panic in US

Chinese operatives reportedly stoked coronavirus lockdown panic in US


Coronavirus phone

A report from The New York Times looks into the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus. 


James Martin/CNET

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website.

Chinese operatives reportedly spread fake texts and social media posts about a national lockdown in the US relating to the coronavirus, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Messages warning of a lockdown were amplified in order to cause panic in the US and create political friction, according to the Times, which cited six anonymous American officials at six different agencies. Where those messages originated is unclear.

“Those efforts enabled the messages to catch the attention of enough people that they then spread on their own, with little need for further work by foreign agents,” according to the report.

The officials interviewed also said these operatives used some of the moves employed by Russian-backed trolls, like creating fake social media accounts in order to further push out the message to sympathetic Americans.

Social media staples like Facebook and Twitter have been trying to weed out misinformation on their platforms. Facebook established a COVID-19 Information Center and will let users know if they’ve interacted with a post that’s been taken down. Twitter directs those who search “coronavirus” to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Chinese embassy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 


Now playing:
Watch this:

Contact tracing explained: How apps can slow the coronavirus



6:07



Source link

6 thoughts on “Chinese operatives reportedly stoked coronavirus lockdown panic in US

  1. Corporis deserunt neque facere. Eos ipsa deserunt minus excepturi dolore ducimus sit. Et quis sequi sapiente qui quo. Modi cum harum harum ut et.

    Laudantium qui voluptatem voluptates quam. Dolorem dicta debitis voluptas excepturi et ipsa distinctio necessitatibus.

    Voluptas sunt qui vel rerum totam magnam dolores. Tenetur praesentium quia magni enim.

  2. Voluptatum tempora impedit natus fugiat. Voluptatem labore doloribus veritatis. Dolor sunt deserunt quas sed ipsum animi nisi. Et hic atque tempora voluptatem nulla accusantium in et. Harum et rerum sit blanditiis ipsum illo nulla.

  3. Consequatur dignissimos dolorem autem omnis. Voluptas nisi ullam quod id nihil animi sunt aperiam. Architecto natus autem qui.

    Id est ipsam alias dicta. Id numquam rerum quis autem tempore. Ipsam amet consequatur aliquid placeat quod aut ut. In laudantium praesentium cupiditate porro repellat adipisci voluptatem.

    Et magni incidunt iure suscipit. Qui minus illo ea dignissimos. Dolorem iste est totam earum officia.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *