Screen grabs showing 24,589 death toll that sparked wild conspiracy theories ‘could have been digitally altered’
- Screen grabs suggesting much higher statistics had been edited, netizens said
- One grab purports to show the death toll at 24,589 – 80 times the official figures
- While some alleged the ‘leaked figures’ were proof of a government cover-up
- Others argued the viral images could have been modified in a smear campaign
A set of screen grabs which sparked wild conspiracy theories that China is covering up the death toll of coronavirus could have been digitally altered, web users have claimed.
The latest allegation came after internet users alleged to have spotted much higher statistics of coronavirus victims ‘momentarily’ on the country’s largest online news site Tencent, sparking heated discussions on social media.
While some said the staggering figures – one of them 80 times the official death tally – could have been leaked by journalists in defiance of Beijing’s order; others argued the images was likely to have been edited as a smear campaign against China.
Tencent, the second largest company in China, allegedly listed figures for the coronavirus on Saturday showing 154,023 were infected and 24,589 dead – more than ten times and 80 times the official figures respectively.