Trump supporters on Twitter spread coronavirus conspiracy about China

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There is a close connection between the disinformation campaigns initiated on Twitter during the coronavirus pandemic and pro-Trump and QAnon affiliations, according to a study conducted by the Australia Institute, an independent public policy think tank based in Canberra.

The report, “Like a virus: The coordinated spread of coronavirus disinformation,” found that about 30 clusters of Twitter accounts, which are affiliated with supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Republican Party or the conspiracy theory QAnon, spread rumors that the coronavirus was a bioweapon created in China.

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory detailing an alleged plot by the “deep state” against Trump and his supporters.

Rumors about various governments created the coronavirus as part of military experiments first started on social media in early February, which has been debunked by the World Health Organization and multiple…

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