Computational methods could help identify conspiracy theories as they emerge.
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.
Researchers have been able to track how radical communities on the fringes of the web essentially manufacture conspiracy theories.
With the rise of internet groups for conspiracy theorists, it may feel like Americans live in a unique time. But conspiracy theories have been common for decades.
There’s never been greater need for the study of what we don’t know, and why we’re not supposed to know it.
Unrestricted access to information is vital to a vibrant democracy.But if this information is inaccurate, biased or falsified, the fundamental freedom of informed choice is denied.