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Coronavirus Scams Are Infecting the Internet, but Social-Media Sites Are Fighting Back

Bhaskar Chakravorti speaks with The Boston Globe about the spread misinformation around the coronavirus.

As coronavirus races around the globe, so too does unreliable information about the potentially deadly disease. Social-media companies and online watchdogs are responding with unprecedented efforts to provide trustworthy news about the malady while stifling rumors and fraudsters peddling fake cures.

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Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, said that much of this false information is spread by people out of a misplaced desire to protect friends and loved ones from the disease. But Chakravorti also said that many people simply enjoy the thrill of spreading lurid rumors.

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