The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories - 2021-02-15

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F372.png The superspreaders behind top COVID-19 conspiracy theories February 15, 2021, David Klepper, Associated Press

As the coronavirus spread across the globe, so too did speculation about its origins. Perhaps the virus escaped from a lab. Maybe it was engineered as a bioweapon.

Legitimate questions about the virus created perfect conditions for conspiracy theories. In the absence of knowledge, guesswork and propaganda flourished.

College professors with no evidence or training in virology were touted as experts. Anonymous social media users posed as high-level intelligence officials. And from China to Iran to Russia to the United States, governments amplified claims for their own motives.

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