Since the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia, a large number of relevant false information appeared on foreign social media platforms, especially false drug information claiming to be resistant to the new coronavirus. False information about local governments and celebrities is also on the rise and fall. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, for example, was behind the outbreak of new coronal pneumonia; Italians took to the streets to denounce Chinese spread the virus to their country. It turns out that these are all false information.
While social media companies have taken a number of steps, these false hoods are not going to go away as the outbreak of new coronary pneumonia spreads around the world. Facebook, Google and Twitter said they would quickly remove the new false information found and work with the World Health Organization and government agencies to provide reliable information to the public.
The New York Times easily searched various social media platforms for dozens of fake text, photos and videos related to the new coronapneumonia – which appeared to be a fish in the net. These are not just English, but also include Several Languages, including Hindi, Vietnamese, Hebrew, and Farsi.
Security researchers even found that hackers set up websites claiming to post news of the new coronapneumonia. These sites are actually digital traps, with the goal of stealing users’ personal information or attacking users’ devices.
The spread of false and malicious content is undoubtedly a wake-up call: researchers and Internet companies cannot take it lightly. Even after making up their minds to let the public know the truth, they find themselves no match for liars and thieves.
The World Health Organization has even said it has suffered an “information epidemic” because of so much unreliable information. Austin Chiang, a digestive physician at Jefferson University Hospital, said, “False information about new coronary pneumonia is everywhere. Some panicked about the outbreak in the hope that a drug would emerge, while others spread conspiracy theories. “
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have all said they have taken steps to direct users of information about the new coronary pneumonia to a source that provides accurate information, and have worked with the World Health Organization and the CDC.
Facebook says it blocks content that can cause harm to people, such as those that prevent people from treating or taking appropriate precautions. After verification, conspiracy theory videos or posts shared by users are clearly identified as false content.
When Facebook users try to share such content, a warning message pops up to remind users that the content they share contains information that has been verified to be untrue.
However, these measures have not stopped users from sharing false information about the new coronapneumonia in private groups. In a private Facebook group, which includes a group with more than 100,000 users, a widely circulated conspiracy theory is that the new corona virus was released by the pharmaceutical industry in order to sell higher-priced drugs and vaccines to the public.
Many posts only encourage people to take vitamins and a balanced diet to boost immunity, but others claim that taking certain disinfectants and drinks can prevent and cure new coronary pneumonia. Other posts are more dangerous, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration calling a “magic mineral solution” – posted several times on Facebook and Twitter – “no different from drinking disinfectants.”
Austin Chiang recently helped set up the Medical Social Media Association, which aims to encourage more medical professionals to post on social media and eliminate the effects of false information.
Despite acknowledging the existence of such content on the platform, Del Harvey, Twitter’s vice president for trust and security, said the company had not yet detected “massive and organized” dissemination of false information about the new crown. Some accounts were suspended “for spam” after the New York Times linked some of the tweets to Twitter for false information.
In addition to working with health agencies, Facebook says it provides free advertising spaces to the World Health Organization to help people get accurate information about new coronary pneumonia. Facebook also said it had deleted posts urging people not to go to formal medical facilities and recommending drugs that could be harmful to health. Facebook also sets warning signs on verified fake content posts.
YouTube also said it was working closely with the World Health Organization to help combat false information. YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said the company has a policy to ban the release of videos “related to the unreliable treatment of new coronary pneumonia.”
However, there are still dozens of YouTube videos with titles claiming to provide information on drugs to treat new coronary pneumonia, while the comment son section of other videos has been posted with links to pages that offer other unreliable treatments.
These links sometimes attract less alert users to point in, claiming to provide a website to treat the new coronary pneumonia, with the real purpose of stealing the user’s credit card information and other personal information.
Check Point, a cybersecurity firm, says more than 4,000 websites with “corona” or “covid” content have been registered since the beginning of the year. Of these, 3 per cent were malicious websites and 5 per cent were rather suspicious.
Research by cybersecurity firm Sophos shows that such so-called spear-phishing messages against Italians are growing rapidly, including links to a Word document claiming to list drugs that can treat new coronary pneumonia. Download the Word document and the malware will be installed on the user’s computer.
Last month, the World Health Organization warned of fake emails that faked the group’s representatives. Messages contain suspicious code that appears to attack the user’s computer.
John Gregory, deputy editor of Health Content, a health content-related business that fights false information on the Internet, says the medical-related element is an important aspect of the difference between false information and other false information. ,
Gregory said information about the new coronapneumonia “is spreading, and others are more likely to spread false information.” Usually this information will take several days before it is exposed by other scientifically literate users or media people.”