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.