New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

Across dozens of Arabic pages and groups, dangerous conspiracy theories about the pandemic are racking up millions of views and likes.Between January 1 and February 28, ISD researchers found 18 Facebook pages and ten groups sharing pandemic-related misinformation and conspiracy theories in Arabic.

Sad QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point

Sad QAnon Followers Are at a Precarious Pivot Point

The QAnon conspiracy theory, spread in large part through social media, was recently supported by a majority of Republican voters.Research into similar groups tells us that, if QAnon followers are to leave the world of conspiracy theories, they need a dignity-preserving path forward.

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

QAnon Supporters Aren’t Quite Who You Think They Are

Polls show that some 7 percent of Americans believe in or support QAnon, the cultish conspiracy theory and community that originated in online message boards in late 2017.

That Racist Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Is Nothing New

That Racist Kamala Harris Birther Conspiracy Is Nothing New

If you take social media at its word, Senator Kamala Harris , the presumptive vice presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, is actor Jussie Smollett’s aunt, thinks white lab coats and Joe Biden are racist, would sign an executive order to confiscate your guns, and is Caucasian.

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter Cracks Down on QAnon. Your Move, Facebook

Twitter’s announcement, she said, suggests that the company has gotten more serious about the real-world consequences of activity on its platform.

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Facebook Groups Are Destroying America

Today, Ayyadurai is one of the most dangerous vectors of health disinformation, racking up millions of engagements on posts that rail against vaccinations, claim Anthony Fauci is a member of the “deep state,” and instruct followers to point blow dryers down their throats to kill the coronavirus.

Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?

Can a Keyboard Crusade Stem the Vaccine Infodemic?

According to an analysis by The New York Times, the video spent about three days incubating on Facebook pages dedicated to conspiracy theories and the anti-vaccine movement.

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories

As protests against police brutality and systemic racism, sparked by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, grip the nation, so too does misinformation.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Since March 30, there have been 77 arson attacks on mobile phone masts across the UK, with staff working on mobile infrastructure also reporting 180 incidents of abuse.

The Rise and Spread of a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

The Rise and Spread of a 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory

Van Kerckhoven didn’t just claim that 5G was dangerous: He also said it might be linked to coronavirus.

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Amazon Quietly Removes Some Dubious Coronavirus Books

Beyond saying that authors, publishers, and vendors are responsible for ensuring their books don’t violate any laws, the only other guideline is that Amazon may remove books that provide a “poor customer experience.”.

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

The harder you try to disprove theories about Satanists or the Deep State to people already convinced that you’re in on the conspiracy—or are sympathetic to the evil them—the more likely believers are to respond to your debunk with obstinance.

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories about the Wuhan coronavirus, which range from believing the disease is a bioweapon to the result of eating bat soup, are playing an ancient chord.Falsehoods about coronavirus fall into two major categories: conspiracy theories about the origins of the illness and misinformation about miracle cures.

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

YouTube Will Police Political Videos More Closely

YouTube said it will also bar videos that have been manipulated or doctored to deceive users, including content that “has been technically manipulated to make it appear that a government official is dead.” That rule would have removed videos supporting conspiracy theories such as one that took root last year suggesting that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was secretly dead.

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading

A light edit for coherence: Trump believes—and by all indications this is true belief, not posturing —that after the Democratic National Committee was hacked in 2016, the DNC gave a physical server to Ukrainian cybersecurity company CrowdStrike and refused to let the FBI see the evidence.

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself’ and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy

See, despite its popularity among staunch Trump supporters like Gosar, the “Epstein didn’t kill himself” meme , while political, isn’t actually partisan.In fact, it’s because it’s so weird that it's become a widespread meme in the way other Trump-era conspiracy theories (like Pizzagate) have not.

Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

Devin Nunes and the Power of Keyword Signaling

His argument was similar to his remarks during a June 12 House Intelligence Committee hearing, where he referred to the Mueller Report as a “shoddy political hit piece” created through a “perfect feedback loop” between intelligence leakers, key intelligence figures, Democrats, and the media who perpetuate “fake outrage.” These remarks do more than assert his position.

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube Is Banning Extremist Videos. Will It Work?

YouTube is changing its hate speech policy to more effectively police extremist content, a move targeting the legions of neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, white supremacists, and other bigots that long have used the platform to spread their toxic ideologies.

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

The Law Being Used to Prosecute Julian Assange Is Broken

Now the UK courts will evaluate the US’s request to send Assange to Virginia to stand trial in federal court for a single felony charge of conspiracy to commit unauthorized access to a government computer, a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers

Feelings of helplessness and symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder—like anxiety, guilt, and anhedonia—are on the rise, they said, as warnings go unheeded and their hopes for constructive change are dashed time and time again.“We are in a time where a lot of things feel futile,” says Alice Marwick, a media and technology researcher and professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Other Extremists—but Not as Planned

Alex Jones evaded an earlier Facebook ban through a network of unofficial sites sharing Infowars content. Jones and his allies were able to evade an earlier ban through a network of ostensibly unofficial pages sharing Infowars content.

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics

Trump-Era Congressional Hearings Have Succumbed to Conspiracy Politics President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified before the the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday. Even before they became a Trump-era norm, conspiracy-minded Congressional hearings were something of an American political tradition.

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

Before There Was Internet Paranoia, There Was Lyndon LaRouche

News spread on Tuesday that Lyndon LaRouche, the dogged global conspiracy theorist and fringe United States presidential candidate, died at age 96 . A couple years back, this question of the internet’s empowering conspiracy believers centered on an emerging community of self-identified “targeted individuals.”.

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

YouTube Will Crack Down on Toxic Videos, But It Won’t Be Easy

The company announced the shift in a blog post on Friday, writing that it would begin cracking down on so-called "borderline content" that comes close to violating its community standards without quite crossing the line.

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation

“The goal is clear: show to the world that there is a civil war in France.” Other accounts identified by Robert as sharing similarly false or polarizing information claimed to be journalists and European [email protected], a relatively unknown account notable for its belief in the sprawling conspiracy theory known as QAnon, was another popular promoter of disinformation using #GiletsJaunes.

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like Cults

Online Conspiracy Groups Are a Lot Like CultsMaddie McGarvey/Bloomberg/Getty ImagesIn recent months there’s been an increase in stories in which a follower of radical conspiracies shifts their actions from the web and into the world.In June, a QAnon conspiracy follower kicked off a one-man standoff at the Hoover Dam. Another QAnon supporter was arrested the next month occupying a Cemex cement factory, claiming that he had knowledge that Cemex was secretly assisting in child trafficking—a theory discussed in Facebook groups, in an attempt to push it into Twitter trending topics.Renee DiResta (@noUpside) is an Ideas contributor for WIRED, the director of research at New Knowledge, and a Mozilla fellow on media, misinformation, and trust.

One Conspiracy Theory at a Time: Flat-Earthers Don't Reject Climate Science

One Conspiracy Theory at a Time: Flat-Earthers Don't Reject Climate Science

It would be nothing short of irresponsible to question something with so much overwhelming evidence behind it and something that threatens us so directly as a species." [8 Times Flat-Earthers Tried to Challenge Science (and Failed)]