It’s been about a month since a novel strain of coronavirus popped up in China’s Wuhan province and proceeded to spread to more than 20 countries. And in the outbreak’s wake, panic is spreading on social media worldwide.
As of January 31, the Wuhan coronavirus has infected more than 9,700 people. More than 200 people have died and at least six cases have been confirmed in the United States, including one man who was infected by his wife after she returned home to Chicago after a trip to Wuhan. And as people online search for information about the coronavirus outbreak — which the World Health Organization (WHO) has deemed a global health emergency — they can easily encounter a barrage of misleading and potentially dangerous information.
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok all told Recode that they’ve been working to promote factual content and some are deprioritizing misinformation on their platforms. Twitter went so far as to put a warning label linking to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) when users search “coronavirus.” Still, efforts by these social media platforms have not managed to stop the spread of misleading or outright false…
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