The New Indian Express Chennai|February 24, 2020
Russia-linked disinformation campaign fuelling virus panic: US
Russia’s foreign ministry on Saturday denied a claim by US officials that Russian-linked social media accounts were making a coordinated effort to spread alarm about the new coronavirus, branding the accusation intentionally misleading. “This is a deliberately false story,” spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told the TASS state news agency in Russia’s first official reaction to the claims by US officials. State Department officials tasked with combating Russian disinformation said that thousands of false personas were being used on Twitter and Facebook to promote unfounded conspiracy theories that the US was behind COVID-19 outbreak. “Russia’s intent is to sow discord and undermine US institutions from within, through influence campaigns,” said Philip Reeker, the acting Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia.
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February 24, 2020