How Wuhan, the 5G conspiracy, mask diplomacy and coronavirus converge

How Wuhan, the 5G conspiracy, mask diplomacy and coronavirus converge

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SCMP journalists Mimi Lau and Kinling Lo present the latest coronavirus special: how attitudes in Vancouver and New York have changed towards masks; political economy journalist Finbarr Bermingham with insight into China's rapacious market for masks and PPE equipment.

Dr Joan Donovan, director of the Technology and Social Change Research Project at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School analyses the battle to get Facebook, Youtube and other platforms to eliminate false information; what happened when Twitter amplified the promotion of hydroxychloroquine, which was then picked up by Fox and then by Donald Trump; and discusses the dangers of banning Twitter accounts from Chinese diplomats.

Dr Colin Klein from the Australian National University traces the roots of conspiracy theories and how the pandemic has brought together the 5G technophobes, Bill Gates haters, anti-Chinese racist and anti-vaxxers in an unholy union formed on Reddit, and reveals the country that is doing the most to push 5G conspiracy theories - and it's not the USA or UK.

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