The people who attacked the U.S. Capitol building lived up to their word to engage in violence.
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Trump supporters openly discussed forcing Congress and Vice President Pence to overturn the election results.
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Far-right Trump supporters are afraid American democracy has been overturned by their left-leaning ‘opponents’, even as they themselves actively undermine liberal democratic values and institutions.
A supporter of President Donald Trump, seen wearing a QAnon shirt, is confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber during the invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
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Conspiracy theories spread online are the backbone of Donald Trump’s falsehoods about his loss in the U.S. election. The real world consequences of those conspiracies have now exploded.
Surrounded by army cadets, U.S. President Donald Trump watches the first half of the 121st Army-Navy Football Game at the United States Military Academy in New York City on Dec. 12, 2020.
The messianic language used in relationship to Donald Trump and QAnon conspiracy theories have their roots in Christian expectations of messianic deliverance.
Parler is similar to Twitter but doesn’t control or discourage hate speech or calls to violence.
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Millions of supporters of Donald Trump have flocked to the far-right social media platform Parler, where hate speech thrives.
U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11, 2020.
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A look at the forces at work in the 2020 presidential election in which Donald Trump defied pollsters again even though he lost to Joe Biden.
In the age of social media, conspiracy theories are collective creations.
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Computational methods could help identify conspiracy theories as they emerge.
Ronald Reagan with his Democratic challenger Walter Mondale soon after a debate in 1984.
A religion scholar explains how Ronald Reagan invoked religion and shifted the American notion of a good society – a vision that might resonate with the politics of today.
A man wearing a T-shirt alluding to the QAnon misinformation campaign walks through the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 incursion.
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Many people are concerned about far-right extremism. But they may not understand the real threat.
Are you being deceived by a robot?
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Twitter bots amplify conspiracy theories, including the so-called ‘collective delusion’ that is QAnon, making them appear more popular and able to reach more real humans.
People display Qanon messages on cardboards during a political rally in Bucharest, Romania on Aug. 10, 2020.
The QAnon conspiracy movement is the latest in a long line of moral panics that emerge as a response to change. False theories are used to undermine claims to social justice raised by marginalized groups.
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As more comes to light about the money-making tactics of social media platforms we need to reevaluate our relationship with them.
A QAnon supporter waiting to see Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania.
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Donald Trump said followers of conspiracy theory ‘are very much against pedophilia.’ What he didn’t mention was the demonic imagery and language that peppers QAnon posts.
Romanian supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theories shout slogans against the government’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, like wearing a face mask, during a rally in Bucharest in August.
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Facebook and YouTube have brought in measures to stop the spread of dangerous QAnon conspiracies, but members of the Q community have found new ways to promote false theories on social media.
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A Facebook ban on QAnon may not be the best way to address the fast-growing far-right conspiracy movement.
Far right memes from the US are being shared and spread in the UK.
One meme can lead to another – and then to a conspiracy theory.
In spiritual warfare, the battle against demons is constant.
How some evangelicals use spiritual warfare to interpret the presidency of Donald Trump.
A tidal drain at South Yarra, Melbourne, in 2008. The installation of litter-trapping equipment now prevents access.
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What was once the stuff of urban legends now spreads virally through social media claims the tunnels beneath our cities are used for child trafficking. The truth is both more mundane and important.
The fringe QAnon conspiracy theory has been creeping into the mainstream.
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In the 1820s, an anti-Masonic conspiracy theory dominated politics in the Northeast and even birthed its own political party.
QAnon is gaining ground in Australia due to a growing distrust in the government and media, part of which is rooted in a perceived lack of transparency over the coronavirus response and restrictions.