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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


A Bittersweet Divorce, a Brutal Health Crisis and a Truly Bizarre Conspiracy Theory: Inside Avril Lavigne's Dramatic Last Few Years

With her fans growing worried by her absence from the spotlight, she took to social media ... her fear of having her diagnosis coming to define her—if only slightly. And so, she appeared on the cover ... 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

In ‘Zucked’, early Facebook investor Roger McNamee explains why he turned against the company

If you’re a U.S.-based Facebook user with somewhat politically active friends, your News Feed likely became a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and hyperpartisan memes in the months ... read more

Fake news is an existential crisis for social media

It has stoked fear and ... that social media platforms are piping into people’s eyeballs. Lessons in critical thinking are certainly a good idea. But fakes are compelling for a reason. Look at the ten... 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

How Facebook is changing employee bonuses to focus on social progress

The Interface is a daily column about the intersection of social media and democracy ... Should YouTube promote or profit from videos about conspiracy theories if the host makes a show of “just asking ... 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

The 'crisis actors' lie spreads in wake of Florida shooting

It happens in the wake of almost any tragedy serious enough to make the national news: Conspiracy theories circulate ... after accusations that they were actors and the deaths of 58 people were a hoax ... read more



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