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Facebook and Twitter rated US suspicions of coronavirus

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Representatives of Facebook and Twitter questioned reports that the US State Department suspected Russia of misinformation about coronavirus in social networks, PCMag reports.

As Agence France Presse reported earlier, citing sources in the US State Department, the agency believes that there are many accounts on social networks supposedly connected with Russia that are conducting a coordinated campaign to misinform about coronavirus.

This campaign is supposed to promote theories that the United States is behind the outbreak of COVID-19, trying to harm Washington’s image.

“In general, our investigation did not confirm this claim,” said Joel Roth, head of the platform’s integrity Twitter department.

He added that Twitter did not reveal any “covert attempts” to a coordinated disinformation campaign, PCMag writes.

“We requested (from the US State Department – ed.) Any evidence that they have in support of this, and so far we have not received anything,” the publication of the head of the cybersecurity service on Facebook Nathaniel Gleicher quotes.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called reports that Russia was suspected of misinformation about coronavirus in social networks as a deliberate throw-in.

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