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Fake news in the time of coronavirus: how big is the threat?



In times of crisis, misinformation abounds. Covid-19 can be cured by ingesting fish-tank cleaning products. Coronavirus was developed in Chinese (or American, or French) labs. Cristiano Ronaldo and the pope tested positive.

 

Why does misinformation flourish? Does all this fake news mean that people are hopelessly gullible, their anxiety making them receptive to the most blatant baloney?

 

Hardly. In many cases, people actually share fake news for fun. We are titillated by gross stories (it all started with bat soup) and celebrity gossip (Ronaldo, the pope). This follows a familiar pattern: in 2018 the most popular fake story on Facebook was about a lottery winner dumping $200,000 of manure on his ex-boss’s lawn, the second most popular ab...
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Commemoration of 3 Kurdish activists shot in Paris


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Quarantined citizen in Sulaymaniyah: services provided are impossible for major countries


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‘Wash Our Hands? Some People Can’t Wash Their Kids for a Week.’


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