1000’s of Russian-linked social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to unfold alarm concerning the new coronavirus, disrupting world efforts to fight the epidemic, US officers advised AFP.
The disinformation marketing campaign promotes unfounded conspiracy theories that america is behind the COVID-19 outbreak, in an obvious bid to break the US picture by seizing on worldwide well being issues, they stated.
False personas are getting used on Twitter, Fb and Instagram to advance Russian speaking factors and conspiracies, together with suggesting that the CIA is behind the virus that has claimed greater than 2,300 lives, largely in China.
“Russia’s intent is to sow discord and undermine US establishments and alliances from inside, together with via covert and coercive malign affect campaigns,” stated Philip Reeker, the performing Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.
“By spreading disinformation about coronavirus, Russian malign actors are as soon as once more selecting to threaten public security by distracting from the worldwide well being response,” he stated.
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