Fake News Travels Fast: Exploring Misinformation Circulated Around Wu Lei’s Coronavirus Case

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This commentary analyzes how misinformation related to a coronavirus case of a star soccer player (i.e., Wu Lei) was spread widely on Chinese digital media and accepted by sports fans as the truth. The paper first examines the mechanisms by exploring how misinformation emerged and was disseminated. Then, the paper explores how social media and the fast-growing self-media in China exacerbate tendencies toward misinformation during the news production process, which poses a new threat to legacy media and journalists’ profession. The paper concludes by discussing new challenges faced by Chinese sports journalists in the new digital era after COVID-19.

Li is with the Dept. of Sport Leadership and Management, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA. Scott is with the Dept. of Sport Management, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada.

Li (bo.li@miamioh.edu) is corresponding author.
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