Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ special pushes baseless conspiracy that FBI ‘incited’ Capitol riot- Tempemail

In a new three-part documentary series, Fox News host Tucker Carlson pushes the debunked conspiracy that the FBI incited the Capitol riot. “Most Americans probably assume the chaos of January 6 was the result of intelligence failures or of simple government incompetence,” Mr Carlson says in Part I of the Continue Reading

Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer? | Coronavirus- Tempemail

Loading… Researchers have mapped the web of connections underpinning coronavirus conspiracy theories, opening a new way of understanding and challenging them. Using Danish witchcraft folklore as a model, the researchers from UCLA and Berkeley analysed thousands of social media posts with an artificial intelligence tool and extracted the key people, Continue Reading

Nike and Amazon among brands advertising on Covid conspiracy sites | Coronavirus- Tempemail

Dozens of the world’s biggest brands, including Nike, Amazon, Ted Baker and Asos, have been advertising on websites that spread Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, it has emerged. The companies, as well as an NHS service, are among a string of household names whose ads appear to have helped fund Continue Reading

Australian conspiracy theorists and anti-lockdown groups share fake Covid check-in apps | Health- Tempemail

A fake check-in app is being used by Covid-19 conspiracy theorists and anti-lockdown groups to dupe business owners and keep location data out of the hands of contact tracers in at least three states. Guardian Australia can reveal that conspiratorial websites and Telegram groups with at least 15,000 followers are Continue Reading

How missing CCTV footage turned a Chinese family’s tragedy into a national conspiracy | China- Tempemail

On Mother’s Day last Sunday, 17-year-old Lin Weiqi wished his mother – referred to only as Madame Lu in Chinese media – a good day. “Mum, enjoy your day,” he said to her that morning. He was Lu’s only child. Like most Chinese parents of the one-child generation, Lin was Continue Reading

Making sense of conspiracy theorists as the world gets more bizarre | Society- Tempemail

In 1999 I sat in a Vancouver café with a group of anti-capitalist activists. They’d just returned from protesting the WTO in Seattle to find a new, far stranger foe in town – David Icke. He was there to lecture about how the ruling elite are actually child-sacrificing, blood-drinking paedophile Continue Reading

Facebook ‘still too slow to act on groups profiting from Covid conspiracy theories’ | Facebook

Covid conspiracy theorists are seeking to profit from the millions of followers they have built up on Instagram during the pandemic by marketing health supplements, wellness courses and juicers to them. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has identified more than 100 Covid conspiracy accounts promoting products to an audience of Continue Reading

Anatomy of a conspiracy theory: how misinformation travels on Facebook | Australia news

In the early hours of New Year’s Eve, former Liberal MP Craig Kelly logged on to Facebook to make one of his regular contributions to the global network of misinformation about Covid-19 – this time, to promote the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as a treatment for the virus. The content of Continue Reading

Take action on MPs supporting Covid conspiracy figures, PM told | World news- Tempemail

Boris Johnson has been urged to act after two more Conservative MPs were linked to figures spreading Covid conspiracy theories or making discredited claims. Last week it emerged that Desmond Swayne, a former Tory minister, encouraged anti-lockdown street protesters to “persist” and suggested NHS capacity figures were being “manipulated” to Continue Reading

Conspiracy! review – help a Trumpist president steal an election | Games

The terrible truth about conspiracy theories is that they’re fun. Making and sharing connections offers a sense of control so potent we might willingly blind ourselves to the provenance of the information in question – a tendency amplified by online recommendation algorithms, which point us towards ideas we already sympathise Continue Reading