Conspiracy theorists are having a field day with a batch of recently released emails from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s official government account.
If you’ve been on social media at all over the past few days, you may have seen #FauciEmails trending. Or you may have seen your own family and friends sharing screenshots of the emails along with commentary about the big reveals and discoveries uncovered from the email release.
But here’s the truth: There are no big reveals. There are no bombshells.
Let’s break down the misinformation that’s being spread around so you can avoid it.
For starters, the emails are real. They are from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. They weren’t hacked, either. (We’re so used to hearing about email archives obtained by hackers and dumped online that it’s an easy assumption to make.) The emails were obtained legitimately by media out like The Washington Post and BuzzFeed using Freedom of Information Act requests. Read more…