Celebrities and politicians are rapidly spreading coronavirus misinformation

Venture Beat | Apr 8, 2020 at 8:02 PM
  • In the scramble for reliable information about COVID-19, a new report found that famous people with large social media followings are playing a critical role in the dissemination of misinformation.
  • The role larger personalities play in spreading information points to the need to closely monitor their accounts and respond quickly to limit the diffusion of false or misleading claims.
  • At the same time, a much larger number of posts generated by smaller accounts represents 31% of the social media engagement around misinformation.