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'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

Mass Shootings Attract Conspiracy Theories Because the Reality Is Too Bleak to Accept

Another one is crisis actors, which came after Sandy Hook from the ... I’m also doing some research on how conspiracy theories spread on social media, and how we can measure belief through that. 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


The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media

The obvious answer is that social media is an addiction. The first argument in Jaron ... but one riven by fundamentalist insistence on simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual poli... read more

The bizarre political rise and fall of Infowars' Alex Jones

Alex Jones has spent much of the past 23 years on the outskirts of political society, spreading conspiracy theories and lies ... the Sandy Hook students of being "crisis actors." Jones' removal from t... 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

Conspiracy theories about Florida school shooting survivors have gone mainstream

The angry young people giving interviews on national television are not students at all but "crisis actors" who travel ... right-wing news outlets and social media users have started circulating elabo... read more

Conspiracy theorists think a Brooklyn chef is a Parkland ‘crisis actor.’ It's terrifying.

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

Racism and anti-Semitism surged in corners of the Web after Trump’s election, analysis shows

Racist and anti-Semitic content has surged on shadowy social media platforms — spiking around ... [Parkland shooting ‘crisis actor’ videos lead users to a ‘conspiracy ecosystem’ on YouTube, new resear... read more

We Met With Crisis Actor Conspiracy Theorists and the Victims They Baselessly Attack

The responses to Hogg’s post thread showcase the pervasiveness of social media conspiracy theories. The Parkland students are the most recent subjects of the crisis actor conspiracy theory, which has ... 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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