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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

May 26, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
PARIS: With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

With 14,000 followers, he posts almost daily, giving explanations on the latest scientific research and, in particular, aims to fight misinformation that spreads as fast as the virus itself.

Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, chairman of the ethics committee at France's National Centre for Scientific Research, agreed that the scientific community must counterattack in such situations.

It is often individual doctors and researchers who can have a strong influence online.

Information campaigns "Cannot be perceived as an exclusive antidote to fight fake news," Italian communications researcher Mafalda Sandrini said.