US Claims Russia Spreading Disinfo Blaming America For Coronavirus Outbreak

US officials are claiming that thousands of ‘Russian-linked’ social media accounts have launched a coordinated effort to promote disinformation about coronavirus – including a theory that the US is behind the outbreak, according to The Guardian, which calls it an “apparent bid to damage America’s image around the world.”

The accounts in question have popped up on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to State department officials – with some of the suspected bad actors claiming that the United States is waging “economic war on China,” and that the virus is a CIA-manufactured biological weapon.

Several thousand online accounts – previously identified for airing Russian-backed messages on major events such as the war in Syria, the Yellow Vest protests in France and Chile’s mass demonstrations – are posting “near identical” messages about…

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