Pro-Trump bots 'spread anti-China COVID-19 misinformation online'

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An anti-China conspiracy theory is being boosted on social media by a large network of automated accounts that also promote messages supporting U.S. president Donald Trump, research has found.

The suggestion that COVID-19 is a bioweapon – widely dismissed by experts from the U.S. intelligence agencies, the World Health Organization and politicians and scientists in the UK, Europe and elsewhere – has appeared frequently on Twitter.

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