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Study finds 'single largest driver' of coronavirus misinformation is Trump


October 1, 2020

Erin Schaff – New York Times

President Donald Trump greets supporters after arriving to campaign in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

WASHINGTON – Of the flood of misinformation, conspiracy theories and falsehoods seeding the internet on the coronavirus, one common thread stands out: President Donald Trump.

That is the conclusion of researchers at Cornell University who analyzed 38 million articles about the pandemic in English-language media around the world. Mentions of Trump made up nearly 38% of the overall "misinformation conversation," making the president the largest driver of the "infodemic" - falsehoods involving the pandemic.

The study, to be released Thursday, is the first comprehensive examination of coronavirus misinformation in traditional and online media.


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