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Private messages contribute to the spread of COVID-19 conspiracies

By Sam Andrey, Director of Policy & Research, Ryerson Leadership Lab, Ryerson University
Alex Rand, Research Assistant on Technology, Cybersecurity & Democracy, Ryerson University
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The COVID-19 global pandemic has been accompanied by misinformation about the virus, its origins and how it spreads.

One in seven Canadians thinks there is some truth to the claim that Bill Gates is using the coronavirus to push a vaccine with a microchip capable of tracking people. Those who believe this and other COVID-19 conspiracy theories…

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