Russia and China push coronavirus misinformation on social media
In social networks and messengers spread messages about plans to introduce isolation in the United States
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Chinese agents have been instrumental in spreading false information that the Trump administration is planning to impose a tight lockdown regime across the country to combat the coronavirus, reports the New York Times..
According to the newspaper, messages that surfaced last month in messaging and social media mailings claimed Trump would impose a tight quarantine once troops were deployed "to prevent looting and unrest." In two days, the information was so widespread that the National Security Council tweeted a rebuttal..
The newspaper material is based on information received from six anonymous sources from six different US departments. Two sources believe that Chinese agents did not initiate these messages, but contributed to their spread..
The Chinese Foreign Ministry called these accusations completely unfounded and not worthy of refutation..
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