Germany™s foreign minister Thursday warned NATO members against taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to spread œdisinformation, œpropaganda and œfake news. Speaking ahead of a video teleconference of alliance foreign ministers, Heiko Maas said, œThere are some who abuse this situation for propaganda purposes and try to show themselves in a better light. He urged both the European Union and NATO to take counter measures to ensure available information is œfact-based and not œfake news. Maas did not name specific nations, but the Reuters news agency,...

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