How many Americans really have lost touch with reality?
Long overlooked in the West, the Byzantine Empire has recently picked up interest among far-right and conspiracist circles. A historian of medieval culture explains what white supremacists get wrong.
Donald Trump didn't make a triumphant return on Jan. 20 and is unlikely to on March 4. How a 19th-century religion dealt with a similar disappointment may give clues on how QAnon supporters may react.
We now know a lot about what makes adults fall into conspiracy theories but investigations into how the pull in young people are only just beginning.
Google, Facebook, TikTok and Twitter have all agreed to a voluntary code of conduct targeting misinformation. But the only real commitment is to appear as though they're taking action.
When many people believe the government is trying to take away their guns, events that make guns look bad can be misinterpreted as part of that nonexistent plan.
Americans who believe aliens have visited Earth are more likely than disbelievers to say that Joe Biden is not the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election.
An inevitable part of the internet age, some conspiracy theories appear and then fade, but in the US particularly, creationism seems firmly embedded in religion, education and pseudoscience.
Theories that antibodies affect the placenta are completely unfounded.
The type and amount of misinformation closely tracks tensions in US-China relations. Effectively countering the misinformation comes down to who does the debunking.
Encrypted messaging services like Telegram provide virtual dark corners where far-right extremists can recruit, organize and plan unhindered.
Analysis shows how Trump and Twitter spread QAnon extremism from the US to Europe, and how hard it will be to undo the damage.
A 'psychological vaccine' has the potential to counter belief in COVID-19 conspiracies.
Incoming US president Joe Biden can't mend a broken US democracy alone. Other liberal democracies, including NZ, need to get involved.
Prominent 'danger' signs are needed online to warn people about misinformation.
Mimicking other groups and making false claims of responsibility are popular deception tactics used in terrorism.
Millions of supporters of Donald Trump flocked to the far-right social media platform, where hate speech and calls for violence thrive. The US Capitol insurrection could be the platform's undoing.
Trump supporters openly discussed forcing Congress and Vice President Pence to overturn the election results.
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.
A collapse in political legitimacy means people think the normal rules don't apply anymore, making the world a more difficult and even dangerous place for all of us.