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Q&A: How Instagram influencers profit from anti-vaccine misinformation

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While Instagram might have a reputation for superficiality—a realm of exquisitely filtered images—it is now eclipsing other social media as a news source. The platform is increasingly filled with information, some of it pernicious and distributed via influencers. Researchers at…[Continue Reading...]

New analysis shows anti-vaccination conspiracy theories gain political weight due to social media

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Heightened use of social media during the coronavirus pandemic brought with it an unprecedented surge in the spread of misinformation. Of particular significance were conspiracy theories surrounding the virus and vaccines made to combat it. Though conspiracy theories about vaccines…[Continue Reading...]

Grave peril of digital conspiracy theories: ‘What happens when no one believes anything anymore?’

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WASHINGTON Days after Maui's wildfires killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes last August, a shocking claim spread with alarming speed on YouTube and TikTok: The blaze on the Hawaiian island was set deliberately, using futuristic energy weapons…[Continue Reading...]

Cancelled? No, Russell Brand’s coining it: He dines at the local Ivy barefoot in a kimono. And he’s turned the village pub into an HQ pumping out online conspiracy theories that earn him millions…

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Lunchtime at the Crown Inn near Stonor in Oxfordshire and the pub looks busy enough. Indeed there is a gathering of young people here — but nobody is sitting at the polished wooden bar, and there are no beer barrels…[Continue Reading...]

‘Vaccine’ Against Conspiracy Theories Could Be Closer Than You Think

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Conspiracy theories are nothing new. But, since the evolution of the internet, their ability to spread around the world has increased exponentially. As of 2022, roughly 70 percent Americans see misinformation as a major threat to society, compared to 57…[Continue Reading...]

People working on climate solutions are facing a big obstacle: conspiracy theories

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Communities big and small are trying to rein in climate change. But many people working on these climate solutions are running into a big obstacle: falsehoods and conspiracy theories about their work. So what does this mean for fighting global…[Continue Reading...]

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