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What We Know About the QAnon Conspiracy Theory

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

The conspiracy theory group known as QAnon has grown in popularity in recent months. It has spread from fringe message boards to mainstream platforms, and it has increasingly become a political issue. Here is what we know about QAnon, its conspiracy theory and how it started. QAnon is a far right-wing, loosely organized network and community of believers who embrace a wide range of unsubstantiated theories. These views center around the tenet that a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles, mainly consisting of...


German city offering $1.1 million if you can prove it doesn't exist

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for August 26 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A German city is offering a $1.1 million prize to anyone who can prove it does not exist. The cash reward is in reference to the satirical and notorious Bielefeld Conspiracy, which originated in the early 1990s. As the conspiracy theory goes, this city in northwestern Germany is not actually real.


The Normalization of Conspiracy Culture

The Atlantic - Technology

In Nero's day, conspiracy theories were local. The web has made it easier than ever for people to watch events unfold in real time. Any person with a web connection can participate in news coverage, follow contradicting reports, sift through blurry photos, and pick out (or publish) bad information. The democratization of internet publishing and the ceaseless news cycle work together to provide a never-ending deluge of raw material that feeds conspiracy theories of all stripes. "Things seem a whole lot simpler in the world according to conspiracy theories," writes Rob Brotherton, in his book, Suspicious Minds: Why We Believe Conspiracy Theories.


Facebook Removes Accounts Linked to QAnon Conspiracy Theory

U.S. News

Facebook says it has removed several groups, accounts and pages linked to QAnon, taking action for the first time against the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory circulated among supporters of President Donald Trump.


Artificial Intelligence Skewers Conspiracy Theories

#artificialintelligence

It could be a great question, but has the question been formulated correctly? And is "conspiracy theory" still the correct term for belief in phenomenon such as "pizzagate?" Once again, these could be great questions. Let us put them aside for one moment and turn our attention to an experiment carried out by researchers at UCLA. Professors used artificial intelligence machine learning to compare the characteristics of an actual known and proven conspiracy which tool place on earth in real time, and a conspiracy theory which has been repeatedly debunked and known to be not true.