Monkeypox and ‘groomers’: How Twitter facilitated a hate-riddled public health disinformation campaign


ISD Analyst Aoife Gallagher tracked the discussion of the 2022 monkeypox outbreak and its transmission in children, charting its rapid descent into an anti-LGBTQ+ disinformation campaign. Far-right figures including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jack Posobiec, Ian Miles Cheong and Errol Webber framed the virus as a sexually transmitted disease and insinuated that cases in children were linked to sexual interactions with queer men. This furthered the ongoing ‘groomer’ narrative that is targeting LGBTQ+ communities in the US.

The report can be found here.

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