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Conspiracy Theorists Are Less Angry Than the Rest of Reddit, Study Finds

The path to the million-member-strong league on Reddit’s r/conspiracy is paved with politics, toxicity, and tech culture, a sprawling study has found. From an eight-year sample ranging from 2007 to 2015, a team of Australian researchers compared 15,370 r/conspiracy posters to an equal number of users who’d started out posting on Reddit in similar forums to discover what drives people to conclude that the royal family went on human hunting parties. Read More >>

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The Internet Is Fascinated by the Black Hole News, so Naturally, YouTube Is Recommending Space Conspiracy Theory Videos

The most popular thing on the Internet on Wednesday was the first-ever image of a black hole. It was everywhere and for good reason: this is a historic moment, it reinforces Einstein’s theories and it’s something that’s difficult to wrap your head around. Read More >>

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Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content. Read More >>

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Ong’s Hat: The Early Internet Conspiracy Game That Got Too Real

On a sunny morning in early 2000, Joseph Matheny woke up to find conspiracy theorists camped out on his lawn again. He was making coffee when he noticed a face peering in a ground-floor window of the small, three-story building he rented in Santa Cruz. Past the peeper, there were three other men in their early 20s loitering awkwardly. Matheny sighed and stepped outside. He already knew what they wanted. They wanted to know the truth about Ong’s Hat. They wanted the secret to interdimensional travel. Read More >>

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NBA Star Steph Curry Interviews Astronaut Scott Kelly as Part of His Moon Landing Apology Tour

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is backpedalling from his quip last week on the Winging It podcast endorsing a classic conspiracy theory: that NASA’s six-manned landings on the moon from 1969-1972 somehow didn’t occur. Read More >>

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Tim Cook on Why Apple Banned Alex Jones: He Sucks

Tim Cook has a pretty simple explanation for why Apple removed most of the podcasts and an app from Infowars founder and hatemonger Alex Jones from its directories, setting in motion a chain of events that ended in the conspiracy theorist being fully or partially banned from virtually every major web platform: Everyone can agree Jones is terrible. Read More >>

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Alex Jones Files Lawsuit Trying to Force PayPal to Reinstate Infowars’ Account

Frequently shirtless supplement salesman and Infowars founder Alex Jones, whose small media empire has been fully or partially banned from virtually every major internet platform, is suing to get back on PayPal. Read More >>

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Twitter Admits Alex Jones Broke Its Rules, Still Standing by Their Man for Some Dumb Reason

Twitter, one of the few tech platforms that has refused to ban conspiracy shitposter and Infowars grifter kingpin Alex Jones, admitted on Friday that he had a history of posts that were in clear violation of the site’s terms of service but still won’t terminate his accounts, CNN reported. Read More >>

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Apple Bans Most InfoWars Podcasts Over Hate Speech

Alex Jones is no longer welcome at Apple. The trillion dollar company has removed five of the six podcasts produced by InfoWars, the conspiracy theory empire that Jones founded to spread misinformation. Podcasts like “The Alex Jones Show” and “War Room” have been pulled from all of Apple’s directories, but the company has left up the less popular InfoWars podcast “Real News With David Knight.” Read More >>

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Oh Cool, Amazon is Peddling Conspiracy Theories Now

Amazon Prime Video, the streaming service you turn to when Netflix doesn’t have what you’re looking for, is best known for shows like Transparent, The Man In the High Castle, and *checks notes* films claiming the government is run by human-reptile hybrids. Read More >>

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Why We Should Listen to Flat Earth Believers (Even Though They’re Completely Wrong)

It’s easy to attribute the recent resurgence in belief that the world is flat to stupidity or gullibility – indeed, physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson writes Flat Earthers off as proof that the educational system has failed. But while it might rightly be labelled ridiculous, belief in the Flat Earth does not exist in a vacuum. People who believe that the Earth is flat almost universally accept other conspiracy theories too, and while Flat Earth belief can be harmless, its bedfellows may not be quite so benign. Read More >>

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David Icke Live: What I Learned From Spending Four Hours With The World’s Most Famous Conspiracy Theorist

David Icke wants you to know that he is not a racist. He may be arguably the world’s most recognisable conspiracy theorist, and yes, he has ideas that he’s happy to share about how the world’s leaders are controlled by an unseen force connected and identified through their bloodline, but he is not a racist. Even though, as Icke outlines at length, he isn’t one to care at all what anyone thinks of him and, as he explicitly states, he is intends to offend as many people as possible, he does need you to be quite clear that he definitely isn’t a racist. Read More >>

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YouTube Kids Has Videos on How Reptilians Rule the World, Moon Landing Was Fake 

YouTube Kids, the supposedly child-friendly version of YouTube that’s been shown to often play host to troves of slop content and disturbing videos, apparently was showing videos from British conspiracy theorist David Icke, a guy who believes reptilian aliens secretly control the world and are responsible for the Holocaust. Read More >>

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Wikipedia Had No Idea YouTube Was Going to Use It to Fact-Check Conspiracy Theories

On Tuesday, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced that the company had a new strategy to deal with conspiracy theories on the platform: dropping a handy Wikipedia link beneath videos on highly contested topics. And it looks like Wikipedia learned about this curious strategy at the same time as everyone else. Read More >>

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YouTube: What If We Just Inserted a Link to Wikipedia Under Some of the Conspiracy Videos

On Tuesday at tech festival SXSW, streaming site and Google subsidiary YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki proposed one solution to the conspiracy screeds and “false flag” hoax videos that are slowly but surely taking over the site by gaming its algorithms. Read More >>