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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - (Opinion) This week, UN Secretary-General Antônio Guterres introduced a revealing fact: around the world, 40 percent of posts on Covid-19 appearing on a large social platform were conducted by robots.

If the fact itself is surprising, the question that needs to be asked is obvious: who does this effort serve? Why would a movement disguised as anonymous individuals - and therefore as a mass movement - seek to influence public opinion on a pandemic that has, in the US, killed more than the Vietnam War?

And why do leaders of purportedly democratic nations engage in . . .

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