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Crisis actors, deep state, false flag: the rise of conspiracy theory code words

On Tuesday on CNN, Parkland survivor David Hogg was asked by Anderson Cooper about the plethora of right wing websites and social media accounts spreading conspiracy theories about him. In response, ... 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 ... read more

We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making

[Crisis actor’ videos lead users to a ‘conspiracy ecosystem’ on YouTube, new research shows] “There’s a war going on outside, no man is safe from,” said a frequent conspiracy theory poster ... the ... read more

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How Parkland's social media-savvy teens took back the internet — and the gun control debate

are using social media to debunk conspiracy theories and amplify their voices in a way the world hasn't seen before. With thoughtful tweets about gun control, a fearlessness for taking on politicians ... read more


Parkland students face new attack, this time from the political right on social media

... and social media posters on Tuesday hit airwaves and social media hard. Some raised absurd conspiracy theories that kids who just endured a horrifying assault are actually “crisis actors” trained ... read more

7 days from fringe to mainstream: How a conspiracy theory ricocheted around the web

which had been spun by twisting the story through social media. More: The conspiracy theory about Florida shooting survivors that won't end: 'Enough is enough' More: 'Crisis actors' YouTube video ... 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

The aftermath of the Parkland mass shooting exemplifies the ugly side of social media

In the week since, we’ve seen the worst social media has to offer ... And now conspiracy theories are circulating on Facebook and Twitter to try and tear down those same students, calling them “crisis ... read more

FBI addresses mock crisis event conspiracy theory about Houston

HOUSTON - The FBI is addressing a mock crisis event conspiracy theory about Houston on Twitter. In a tweet Thursday, the FBI in Houston said it is aware of the social media posts calling for actors to ... read more

These Insane Conspiracy Theories About the Vegas Shooting Will Blow Your Mind

Let’s take a closer look at what the victims of the shooting have had to put up with online, including conspiracy theories involving everything from crisis actors to the Illuminati to even child ... read more

After Orlando Shooting, ‘False Flag’ and ‘Crisis Actor’ Conspiracy Theories Surface

It was a code used by conspiracy theorists ... from the mainstream media was untrue. The victims in the shooting? They were “crisis actors” hired to promote the story as a pretext to impose tighter ... 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



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