Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday evening brought terrible news. The Arizona State University instructor behind the Twitter account @Sciencing_Bi, a prominent voice in the online STEM community, had died of Covid-19. The news came from BethAnn McLaughlin, the founder of MeTooSTEM, who eulogized her friend in a Twitter thread.
Users posted tearful remembrances of @Sciencing_Bi, a Hopi woman who had posted about suffering from complications of the coronavirus and had criticized Arizona State for planning to return students and professors for fall instruction.
But by Sunday, the grief had turned to anger and confusion. It appeared that no one knew the true identity of @Sciencing_Bi. Evidence then surfaced suggesting that some photos tweeted by the account were stock images. An internet investigation was afoot, and several Twitter threads came to a jarring conclusion: @Sciencing_Bi was not a real person. More
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