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Study: Malicious bots are the primary pathogen of COVID-19 misinformation on social media

“The coronavirus pandemic has sparked what the World Health Organization has called an ‘infodemic’ of misinformation,” said Dr. John W. Ayers, a scientist who specializes in public health surveillance. “But, bots –like those used by Russian agents during the 2016 American presidential election– have been overlooked as a source of COVID-19 misinformation.” A new study published […]

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Trump and public demand for unproven COVID-19 therapies

SAN DIEGO, Calif. April 29, 2020 – Since there are no FDA-approved treatments for COVID-19, people may end up searching for unproven therapies. Therefore, when several high-profile figures – including President Donald Trump and Elon Musk – endorsed the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, it brought the issue of misinformation to the […]