Coronavirus conspiracy theories you shouldn’t believe
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Conspiracy theory: Coronavirus was Canada’s bioweapon, stolen by China
Also known as the “Great Game India” hoax because it originated on the Great Game India website, this conspiracy theory appeals to our desire to believe bad things like pandemics don’t just happen, but rather are made to happen by bad people.
In the course of a single day, this conspiracy theory gained momentum as other websites reprinted it word for word from the original website, with added twists. It wasn’t long before Reddit threads began reposting the story and it spread to Facebook and Twitter. “So long as social media platforms continue to fail to warn their users about the nature of sites promoting misinformation,” writes Wired, “it will remain easy for even a small group of unreliable sites to hijack social media to amplify misinformation.”