Some Things Never Change: Outbreak Disinformation

Disinformation associated with major outbreaks from 1980-2021

Outbreaks and M/Disinformation 1980-2021

Russian disinformation suggests the US created the HIV virus. Even Americans were pulled in by the stories.

Translation:

“We are conducting a series of [active] measures in connection with the appearance in recent years in the USA of a new and dangerous disease, “Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – AIDS”…, and its subsequent, large-scale spread to other countries, including those in Western Europe.”

handwritten letter by Soviet KGB agent September 1985







Covid disinformation seemed to spring forth immediately after the world became aware of its existence. The disinformation related to Covid was far more sophisticated and voluminous than past infectious disease-related efforts.

  • Hoaxlines database has 449 records for the keyword “Covid”

    • 365 records for “coronavirus”

    • 176 records for “vaccine” published after January 1, 2020

    • 242 records that contain “vaccin” ranging from 2001 to 2021

    Updated Aug 6, 2021

    • Hoaxlines database has 603 records with the keyword “Covid”

    • 266 records for “vaccine” published after January 1, 2020

    • 281 records that contain “vaccin” ranging from 2001 to 2021

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