As researchers learn more about the coronavirus, there has been a growing amount of misinformation widely distributed across social media and other platforms.
In some cases, this misinformation about the virus — or conspiracy theories — may be driving some of the protests against restrictions related to the coronavirus.
Joan Donovan is the director of the technology and social change research project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center. Her work focuses on online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. Donovan told Radio Boston about the type of misinformation spreading online and the impacts.