Russia is the world’s next big coronavirus hotspot.
“Russian prosecutors have shot down online conspiracy theories about the coronavirus’ manmade origins as fake, the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
Prosecutors ordered Russia’s media watchdog to delete videos claiming that Covid-19 “is a genetically modified bioweapon artificially created to implant microchips into the population and establish a global world order” from YouTube and Russian social networking website Odnoklassniki. The videos also claimed that the virus was created to “destroy humanity under the guise of vaccination” and that numerology could predict its spread. …
Russia last month passed a law punishing those who spread “intentionally false” information about the coronavirus with up to five years in prison. A number of Russian social media users have been fined under the new law, and several anti-lockdown protesters have been charged under the law.”
Every crisis is an opportunity for conspiracy theorists.
It doesn’t matter what happens in the news. If I have learned anything from spending 20 years on the internet, it is that there is always a conspiracy that explains it. There are always cranks and hucksters whose goal is to capitalize on the situation to promote themselves and drive clicks to their websites. These people prey on suckers and are even less interested in the truth than the mainstream media.