Russia denies spreading fake news about US involvement in coronavirus

By Komal Fatima - Web Editor

23rd February, 2020

Russia has denied the allegation that it is misleading people on social media through fake news about the coronavirus outbreak.

US officials had blamed that Russian-linked accounts were making baseless claims that America was involved in the outbreak.

Officials said that the theory was being spread from thousands of profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Russian foreign ministry denied the allegation and called them ‘fake’ news.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova informed to the local news agency, “This is a deliberately false story,”

A senior US State Department Official Philip Reeker blamed that “malign” Russian actors were spreading fake news regarding coronavirus outbreak.

A rumor is viral that says virus is an attempt to wage “economic war on China”

Phillip Reeker told the international news agency, “By spreading disinformation about coronavirus, Russian malign actors are once again choosing to threaten public safety by distracting from the global health response,”

Posts also mentioned that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is also involved in the outbreak.

US monitors identified the disinformation attempts in January after third death from coronavirus was reported.

Lea Gabrielle, head of the State Department’s Global Engagement Centre said, “In this case, we were able to see their full disinformation ecosystem in effect, including state TV, proxy web sites and thousands of false social media personas all pushing the same themes,”

Italy has introduced lockdown to handle the spread of coronavirus in Europe.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has decided to impose an emergency plan on Saturday as the number of cases increased to 79.

The lockdown was announced after two deaths were reported in Italy.

Authorities have put several towns in the northern areas of Lombardy and Veneto into quarantine.


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