People who believe wild coronavirus conspiracy theories rely on YouTube for most of their information on the pandemic
Researchers at King’s College London surveyed over 2,000 people in the UK to study how likely people are to believe conspiracy theories about the coronavirus.
People who got their news primarily from social media were more likely to believe conspiracy theories, and the researchers found consuming information on YouTube had the strongest correlation with believing them.
People who got their news from social media were also more likely to break quarantine and lockdown rules.
YouTube viewers are more likely to buy into weird conspiracy theories about the coronavirus than other people who get their news via social media.
That’s according to a new report from researchers at King’s College London delving into the public health risks posed by online conspiracy theories about the pandemic.
The peer-reviewed study was published in the journal Psychological Medicine and surveyed 2,254 people in the