July 16, 2024
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Disinformation campaigns are murky blends of truth, lies and sincere beliefs – lessons from the pandemic

It’s difficult by design to identify disinformation campaign instigators and their agendas.stevanovicigor/iStock via Getty ImagesKate Starbird, University of WashingtonThe COVID-19 pandemic has spawned an infodemic, a vast and complicated mix of information, misinformation and disinformation.In this environment, false narratives – the virus was “planned,” that it originated as a bioweapon, that COVID-19 symptoms are caused by 5G wireless communications technology – have spread like wildfire across social media and other communication platforms. Some of these bogus narratives play a role in dis…

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