Coronavirus: What Twitter accounts are “super diffusers” of false information in France?

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  • The fake news concerning the coronavirus has literally exploded in recent weeks on social networks, especially on Twitter.
  • “False information passed through the cracks despite the efforts made by Twitter which pin more content relaying news,” said Chine Labbé of NewsGuard, an organization specializing in pre-bunking.
  • 20 Minutes listed the main accounts providing information during this pandemic, based on the latest report published by NewsGuard.

“Drinking alcohol protects against the coronavirus  “, “being exposed to the sun or to heat makes it possible to make the disease disappear”, “Covid-19 was created in the laboratory”…. The fake news concerning the coronavirus has literally exploded in recent weeks on social networks, especially on Twitter. “There has been an unprecedented volume of false information around the Covid-19 , which illustrates the virality of misinformation in times of crisis,” researcher Camille François, a specialist in the fight against disinformation campaigns, confirmed at 20 Minutes.

NewsGuard, which has developed an Internet browser extension to analyze the reliability of information sources [pre-bunking], also found in its latest report “an explosion in conspiracy theories and false information between January and April ”, or almost 122% more engagement on social networks. “Fake news passed through the cracks despite the efforts made by Twitter which pin more content relaying news,  ” said China Labbé, editor-in-chief Europe of NewsGuard , to 20 Minutes .

“We have identified 16 Twitter accounts in France (7), Italy (5) and Germany (4) which are considered to be” super propagators “of false information on the coronavirus. Combined, these accounts reach around 616,600 followers who, of course, propagate this false information on a large scale via their own accounts, ”explains Chine Labbé.

The Twitter account of far-right essayist Alain Soral, who has been repeatedly condemned for anti-Semitic insults and Holocaust denial, is followed by 61,400 followers. “On May 5, he spread, for example, fake news about the former boss of Microsoft Bill Gates and searches for vaccines against the” coronavirus “with a link to a YouTube video published on  EgaliteEtReconciliation.fr  “, explains NewsGuard. “This global Covid-19 pandemic has an already immediate interest, it is to be the advertising spot of the global vaccination that Mr. Bill Gates offers us”, says Alain Soral in this video.

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