SCAM NEWS: With Coronavirus COVID19 Hoaxes Flooding Social Media, Governments Scramble To Fight Misinformation
To social media — the cause of and solution to all of the misinformation’s problems.
While government agencies are working around the clock to prevent the coronavirus pandemic from spreading even further, they’re also tasked with containing the digital outbreak of misinformation.
Multiple government agencies in the US have had to post on social media to dispel widely circulated rumors about mandatory quarantines and city shutdowns. On Sunday night, the National Security Council tweeted out about rumors that a national quarantine is going into effect is fake, and that there would be no national lockdown. On Monday, Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr knocked down a false conspiracy theory that 5G was the cause behind the coronavirus.
Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, took to Twitter on Monday morning to plead with people to stop spreading rumors about government actions in response to the coronavirus.
“Please stop spreading stupid rumors about marshall (sic) law. COMPLETELY FALSE,” the senator wrote.
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