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The worst, biggest, most inaccurate conspiracy theories of 2018

Like every year before it, 2018 was the worst year for conspiracy theories yet. Fueled by the nebulous standards of social media giants and a massive ... The survivors were labeled crisis actors, paid ... read more

'Crisis Actors,' Conspiracy Theories, and the Fear of Social Media

For some pundits, this isn't merely a reminder that people are capable of believing bizarre stories that are based on only the thinnest alleged evidence. The pundits worry that the rumor represents a ... read more

Everything you need to know about the absurd ‘crisis actor’ conspiracy theory

As students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School speak out against politicians’ cowardice on gun control, they are increasingly the target of far-right conspiracy theories ... are crisis actors h... read more

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Curt Schilling is peddling conspiracy theories surrounding the Parkland shooting

was actually a paid crisis actor. The student, 17-year-old David Hogg ... Whether Schilling actually believes it, he was all too willing to spread the conspiracy theory on social media. (Curt Schillin... read more

Stelter: How to clean up the conspiracy theory 'pollution' that's making us all sick

People on social media are sharing smears and conspiracy theories about the shooting and the survivors ... Case in point: The claims that student activist David Hogg is a "crisis actor," paid to prete... read more

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Online smear machine tries to take down Parkland students

Although David is very articulate, he is not a crisis actor." In another year of lament ... "To not let it get legs on these conspiracy theory websites only to see it seep into mainstream social media ... read more

When Social Media Debunk Conspiracy Theories

A February 20 ThinkProgress article, to pick one representative example, announces in its lede that crisis-actor tales "have spread like wildfire across social media platforms ... The criticisms of th... read more

Here's the Problem With PolitiFact's 'Lie of the Year'

It should go without saying that those who spread the conspiracy theory that the activists in the wake of the horrific school shooting were "crisis actors" -- kids only ... The internet, particularly ... read more

Conspiracy theorists think she’s a Parkland ‘crisis actor.’ She’s a Brooklyn chef — and she’s scared

These days, though, fear clouded the mundane. A customer sipping coffee registered as a threat. Was he taking her picture? "Emma," he called to her. "Emma, you’re real." She knew then who he was. This ... read more

NRA board member Ted Nugent promotes ‘crisis actor’ conspiracy theory following Parkland shooting

Nugent also “liked” several other user comments, including one that claimed Facebook was erasing stories about the “crisis actor” conspiracy theories because the social media platform “does not like i... read more

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