Sensationalist media is exacerbating racist coronavirus fears. We need to combat it | Jing Zeng

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People of east Asian appearance are being abused and attacked as #coronaracism becomes a pandemic

Epidemics bring out the best and worst of social media.

In the past two months, I have seen pseudo-scientific “cures” for the Covid-19 proliferating on WeChat, conspiracy theorists on Gab propagating various “truths” about the source of the outbreak, and young Tik Tokers video-sharing “funny” memes about the virus.

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less than 0.001% of chinese people have coronavirus yet more than 99.999% have already experienced coronaracism

湖北人看清楚了:
不是美国人歧视你,
不是日本人歧视你,
是共产党引导中国人歧视你们 pic.twitter.com/xa6Yc9RIT0

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Dr Jing Zeng is a senior research and teaching associate at the University of Zurich

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