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

Helen Keller: why is a TikTok conspiracy theory undermining her story? | Books

When the internet is riddled with conspiracy theories, it can be difficult to decide which to worry about. While QAnon and Pizzagate are proving themselves to have radicalising potential with real-world repercussions, others are flourishing beneath the radar, or certainly going unnoticed by anyone over the age of 25. What Continue Reading

Australian MP targeted by conspiracy posts calls for Facebook to be treated as publisher | Technology- Tempemail

The Nationals MP Anne Webster is lobbying senior ministers to bring forward legislation that would force Facebook and other platforms to assume editorial responsibility for the content they publish, in an effort to combat proliferating misinformation. Webster launched defamation proceedings against Australian conspiracy theorist Karen Brewer over a series of Continue Reading

It’s only fake-believe: how to deal with a conspiracy theorist | Society- Tempemail

Unless you’ve been on a silent retreat for the past year, you will have almost certainly heard the rumours – that the pandemic is an elaborate hoax, or that the virus was created as a Chinese weapon, or that dangerous elites are trying to kill off the elderly and to Continue Reading

The conspiracy linking hip-hop and mass incarceration – podcasts of the week | Television & radio

Picks of the week Louder Than A RiotThis superlative hip-hop podcast promises to “trace the collision of rhyme and punishment in America”, and it does so in detail. Was there really a secret meeting in the early 1990s where privately-owned prison authorities promised a kickback for music industry executives who Continue Reading

Obama says spread of conspiracy theories are ‘single biggest threat to democracy’- Tempemail

The former president commented on the debate, which has been a focus for the Trump administration both before and during the pandemic, in an interview with The Atlantic. Mr Obama continued to say that while he did not “hold the tech companies entirely responsible, because this predates social media”, that Continue Reading