Westneat: How a false claim spreads – Columbian.com – The Columbian

13September 2020


Danny Westneat is a columnist for the Seattle Times. Image When a little-known chiropractic physician in Woodinville composed a Facebook post about the coronavirus on a current Saturday, it simply sat there, not bring in much attention. For the very first couple minutes anyway.

However then, like the virus itself in a crowded bar, it started to multiply. It was a little tentative at first, but once sped up by a few of the superspreaders of social networks, it went rapid and reached all the method to the president's Twitter thumbs in a matter of hours.

By about 2 p.m., just five hours later on, the chiropractic physician's post had actually been shared by tens of countless accounts, which means it potentially was viewed by tens of countless people. It was then promoted by a QAnon conspiracy believer who has 65,700 Twitter followers, and from there, on Saturday night, that tweet was shared by the King Superspreader himself, Donald Trump. His Twitter feed has 85.6 million fans.

It wasn't up until the next day that a male out on the Olympic Peninsula began chasing after all of it.

“This is basically all I've done this summertime,” states Dean Miller. “Debunk bad info going around about the coronavirus.”

Source: columbian.com

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