This report identifies and analyses a rise in conspiracy theories, hate speech and incitements to violence related to COVID-19 and being posted on Twitter. It reveals:

  • A 300% increase in the use of hashtags that encourage or incite violence against China and Chinese people.
  • Racist and/or conspiratorial hashtags seeking to exploit COVID-19 as a vehicle for anti-Semitism.
  • A rise in the use of hashtags linking COVID-19 to the rollout of 5G technology.

This report has also been featured in the New Statesman.

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