Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation.

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On Oct. 2, New Tang Dynasty Television, a station linked to the Chinese spiritual movement Falun Gong, posted a Facebook video of a woman saving a baby shark stranded on a shore. Next to the video was a link to subscribe to The Epoch Times, a newspaper that is tied to Falun Gong and that spreads anti-China and right-wing conspiracies. The post collected 33,000 likes, comments and shares. The website of Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician who researchers say is a chief spreader of corona