An odd social media meltdown, mental health collapse and the perils of trusting anything on social media

An odd social media meltdown, mental health collapse and the perils of trusting anything on social media

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BethAnn McLaughlin invented @Sciencing_Bi, a Hopi anthropologist who died of COVID-19.

Source: #MeTooSTEM founder admits to creating Twitter persona who “died” of COVID-19 | Ars Technica

There have been a lot of activist accounts that convinced and persuaded many and became the source of media reports – because unverified social media is among the most reliable sources used by professional media outlets.

In this case, the entire social media persona was 100% fake. Now that it is known who did this, her credibility and her work are shattered.

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