Cocaine illustration - sammisreachers / Pixabay
In the 20 minutes daily news podcast “Minute Papillon!”, We are talking today about fake news that is circulating on social networks today, about the coronavirus.
In China, the epicenter of this viral pneumonia, more than 28,000 people are affected by the disease. The toll has today exceeded 560 deaths in this country. Quarantine measures are being reinforced elsewhere in Asia, when international teams of researchers are working to find a treatment.
In this scary environment, false news thrives. Marie de Fournas, journalist at 20 Minutes , sets out to dismantle one of her.
On Twitter, a surfer recently published a photo in which one can read, in English, in a banner: "Cocaine kills the coronavirus".
The image is accompanied by a photograph illustrating the drug. The presentation of this image and this type of “breaking news” banner resemble the codes used by the news channels, such as CNN.
However, as Marie de Fournas tells you in this podcast, this photo comes from an online generator that allows, with a few clicks, to do this kind of photomontage. In summary: no, cocaine is neither a vaccine nor a drug against the coronavirus.
How was this fake news made? Why did this false news spread like wildfire on the networks? We answer it in this podcast of the day. And to find all of Marie's investigation, it's here.
Here is the Ministry of Health's information page about the coronavirus.
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