Misleading and harmful online content about Covid-19 has spread "virulently" because the UK still lacks a law to regulate social media, an influential group of MPs has said.
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A paramedic has described how a patient with symptoms of a heart attack refused treatment after reading on Facebook that she would die if she went to hospital during the Covid-19 crisis.
The account was among hard-hitting testimony given by medics to MPs about the damage misinformation on social media is doing to frontline healthcare.
The doctors called for tougher action on Google, Twitter and Facebook.
All three firms told MPs they were working hard to tackle the problem.
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'As these theories are amplified by celebrities such as Eamonn Holmes, Amanda Holden and Amir Khan, companies say workers are reporting new cases of abuse and harassment every day – despite the theories having been called out as false by scientists and governments across the globe.'
There's a huge amount of misleading information circulating online about coronavirus - from dodgy health tips to speculation about government plans. This is the story of how one post went viral.