Conspiracy Theories

Don Trump Jr. Arizona Campaign Appearance Overrun With Conspiracy Theorists: Report

On Saturday, The New York Times profiled an Arizona campaign event headed by Donald Trump, Jr. — and noted the omnipresent conspiracy theories and paranoid falsehoods being spread at the event. “Inside, around 500 chairs were lined up as...
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How To Spot Qanon Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories connected to QAnon are spreading on social media. Don't be fooled.       
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Conspiracy Theories Are Helping Fuel Rejection Of Masks, Vaccines

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2020 -- People who buy into conspiracy theories about COVID-19 may be especially likely to refuse a vaccine when one becomes available, a new study suggests. Researchers said the results are not surprising. But they highlight how...
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President Spins Baseless Conspiracy Theory About Trump Ballots Found In A Trash Can

President Donald Trump baselessly claimed six ballots cast for him had been found in a trash can, as part of his ongoing efforts to undermine confidence in the election. The president appeared on Fox Radio with host Brian Kilmeade, who tried to help...
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At Least Six Gop-endorsed Candidates For The Minnesota Legislature Embrace Qanon Conspiracy Theory

This is crazy. The Star Tribune’s Stephen Montemayor reports: “At least a half-dozen Minnesota Republicans running for state legislative seats in November have promoted the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory that includes false claims that...

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We Talked To The Hot Firefighter About Debunking Conspiracy Theories, Viral Fame, And Thirsty Dms

Twenty-seven-year-old Michael David Clark had no intention of going viral. The Hawaii-based firefighter’s social media footprint was small and straightforward: An Instagram account featuring scenic landscapes, motorcycles, friends, and, of course,...
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Column: Our Desperate Conspiracy-prone Press

The term “conspiracy theory” is often associated with kooks and panic peddlers, who see nefarious secret forces leading us all to our doom. It’s linked to people pushing transparently silly-sounding tropes – like the QAnon clan who claim...
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Ted Cruz Ripped For ‘legal Sophistry’ For Blocking Resolution Honoring Rbg

The Republican conspiracy theory that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not actually have a dying wish to have the winner of the 2020 election choose her replacement on the U.S. Supreme Court was on display on the Senate floor on Tuesday. “My most...
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‘birtherism’ Lies About Kamala Harris Are More Widespread Than Those Obama Faced: Report

Right-wing lies about Kamala Harris being ineligible to serve as vice president or president have grown larger than the similar conspiracy theory against Barack Obama, that was prominently and falsely pushed by Donald Trump. “Toxic...
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Kentucky Legislative Hearing Goes Off The Rails After Gop Lawmaker Spouts Conspiracy Theories About...

A GOP state lawmaker in Kentucky on Tuesday got called out by the president of his state’s top dental association for spouting conspiracy theories about fluoride in drinking water. As reported by the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Alex...

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Trump, Qanon, Russia: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube Brace For A Turbulent Election And Post-election...

It's election crunch time for Facebook and Twitter whose platforms were used to amplify falsehoods, conspiracy theories and divisive messages in 2016.       
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15 Royal Conspiracy Theories That Turned Heads

One of the major and enduring theories is Princess Diana was pregnant with then-boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed's baby and planning to marry him ... before the royal family orchestrated the crash to stop her.

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People Working At Area 51 Experimenting On Giant Robots For Us Military, Claims Ufologist

Area 51 is the common name of a highly classified US Air Force Base that was built in the middle of the 20th century. The secrecy surrounding the facility has given birth to many conspiracy theories. According to one, the site is being used to hide...
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How Youtube Fought Conspiracy Theories

Wired: “It was as if YouTube had flipped a switch. In a way, it had. Scores of them, really—a small army of algorithmic tweaks, deployed beginning in 2019. Flat-earther Mark Sargent’s was among the first accounts to feel the effects of a...

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Where Conspiracy Theories Meet Jesus: Inside The ‘upside-down Fantasy World’ Of Trump Rallies

As of Friday morning, the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States stands at roughly 198,000 people. Epidemiologists and other public health experts warn that the real number of deaths is much higher. By the end of this year,...

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Column: Qanon's Monstrous Conspiracy Theories Fit The Trumpian Moment

A vocal faction of Americans — some seeking high places — are trafficking in canards: 5G is deadly, COVID-19 is a hoax, blue state pedophiles roam the halls of Congress. No wonder they might also believe Tom Hanks — Tom Hanks! — is a...
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Joe Rogan Pushes Debunked Claim Linking Left-wing Activists To Forest Fires In Oregon

Podcast host Joe Rogan pushed a debunked claim that “left-wing” activists were lighting forests ablaze in Oregon on his show Thursday — giving credence to a conspiracy theory that has spread virally on social media. “I actually...
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Trump And The Global Reach Of Right-wing Conspiracy Theories

In the United States and abroad, experts link the rise of extreme conspiratorial thinking to a broader atmosphere of political polarization, the insulating algorithms of social media and the relative success of demagogic, nationalist politicians.
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Facebook's New Policies Are Meant To Stop The Spread Of Conspiracy Theories And Hate In Groups

For the first time, Facebook is releasing stats concerning how the social media platform moderates what goes on in Facebook Groups. Alongside the new numbers, the company has also announced new policies surrounding how it will deal with conspiracy...
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Accessibility Of Vaccines & Commitment To Ceasefire – Priority Focuses For 75th Unga

Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned against the rapid rise in misinformation campaigns about vaccines, leading to “vaccine hesitancy and igniting wild conspiracy theories”....

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