Twitter Canada shares tips on separating coronavirus fact from fiction online

Social media can be a quick source of information but it can also be a hotbed of misinformation. So, for people trying to get up-to-date, accurate information about the coronavirus, where and how should they be searching?

Twitter Canada studied the Canadian conversation between Jan. 24 and March 9. The topic has been trending daily in Canada since Feb. 22 and has been a top 10 trend every day over the past week.

“Canadians are really at the beginning of this conversation,” said Michele Austin, Twitter Canada’s head of public policy, on Wednesday. “Twitter is where people come for news and breaking news and coronavirus is certainly an enormous story worldwide.”

Coronavirus is the number one most-searched topic on Twitter globally (498 million hits) and in Canada (2.9 million hits) over the past month.

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