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- An Australian think tank found that the 28 Twitter groups propagating coronavirus rumors are associated with Republican politicians.
- Many of the Twitter groups are automatically generated Twitter accounts that shared posts frequently.
BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- About 30 Twitter groups who claimed to be supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, the Republican Party or the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon, have propagated rumors that the coronavirus was a bioweapon created by China, according to new research.
After analyzing over 2.6 million tweets collected by the think tank Australia Institute's Center for Responsible Technology in the 10 days from late March, the research found that 28 so-called Twitter groups associated with conservative politicians or QAnon spread the story about the origin of COVID-19.
Many of the Twitter groups are automatically generated Twitter accounts that shared posts frequently, it added.
There have been coronavirus related-rumors on social media since early January that some governments created the new virus as part of "military experiments," U.S. political news outlet Politico reported Tuesday. The World Health Organization and several fact-checking groups have rejected such rumors.