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Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $4.1m over false Sandy Hook claims

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The jury in Alex Jones’s defamation trial on Thursday ordered the far-right conspiracy theorist to pay $4.1m in damages over his repeated claims that the deadly Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax. Jurors in Austin,...

Network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified

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A network of more than two dozen conspiracy theorists, frequently backed by a coordinated Russian campaign, sent thousands of disinformation tweets to distort the reality of the Syrian conflict and deter intervention ...

Kinzinger: Trump’s actions surrounding January 6 amount to ‘seditious conspiracy’

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A Republican member of the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol said on Sunday that he believes Donald Trump’s actions surrounding the deadly riots amount to “seditious conspiracy”...

Russia-backed network of Syria conspiracy theorists identified

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A network of more than two dozen conspiracy theorists, frequently backed by a coordinated Russian campaign, sent thousands of disinformation tweets to distort the reality of the Syrian conflict and deter intervention ...

House panel to scrutinize conspiracy theories that led to Capitol attack

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The House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection in 2021 will reconvene Monday to scrutinize the conspiracy theories that led a group of Donald Trump’s supporters to attack the US Capitol. The Democ...

Panel to connect Proud Boys and Oath Keepers in Capitol attack conspiracy

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The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack is expected at its first hearing on Thursday evening to connect the far-right Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers militia groups in the same seditious ...

False conspiracy theories flourish after Texas shooting in familiar pattern

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By now it’s as predictable as the calls for thoughts and prayers: as America reels from another mass shooting, wild conspiracy theories and misinformation about the carnage swirl online. It happened after the 2012 sch...

My Waterman conspiracy theory was sunk by Nadhim Zahawi’s incompetence

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Everyone can remember where they were when, on Monday of last week, they heard that Pete Waterman, of 1980s pop-production duo Stockhausen and Waterman, had died. I was on a garage forecourt on the A1 near Melton Mowb...

Labor denounces Peter Dutton’s ‘conspiracy theory’ that China wants Coalition to lose election

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Australia’s defence minister declared he has “no doubt” the Chinese Communist party wants the Morrison government to lose the election, prompting the opposition to denounce the appeasement claims as a “conspiracy theo...

Texas butterfly center targeted by far-right conspiracy theorists to reopen

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There’s a legend in south Texas involving the Monarch butterfly, the magnificent insect with the tiger markings. The Monarch typically arrives in the Rio Grande valley on its annual migratory trek in early November. T...

How a conspiracy theory about Ukrainian ‘bioweapons labs’ took off

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First it was just a tweet – but soon it had turned into a favourite Kremlin talking point. Journalist Justin Ling charts how a false claim about biological warfare spread across the internet and the world ...

‘The lunacy is getting more intense’: how Birds Aren’t Real took on the conspiracy theorists

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In early 2017, Peter McIndoe, now 23, was studying psychology at the University of Arkansas, and visiting friends in Memphis, Tennessee. He tells me this over Zoom from the US west coast, and has the most arresting fa...

How conspiracy theory about Ukrainian ‘bioweapons labs’ took off

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First it was just a tweet – but soon it had turned into a favourite Kremlin talking point. Journalist Justin Ling charts how a false claim about biological warfare spread across the internet and the world ...

David Squires on … Manchester City, Liverpool, hype and conspiracy theories

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Our cartoonist looks at the beef – or lack of it – between England’s top two

Facebook fails to label 80% of posts promoting bioweapons conspiracy theory

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As social media companies promise to crack down on Russian disinformation about the war in Ukraine, studies show they continue to fall short, allowing disproven narratives to reach millions. Facebook failed to label 8...

Ghosts of the Titanic review – conspiracy drama goes adrift

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“What if the Titanic never hit an iceberg? What if it sank for another reason?” asks a bereaved character whose fiance perished on the “unsinkable” luxury liner in 1912. The what ifs in Ron Hutchinson’s drama explore ...

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