The anatomy of a COVID-19 conspiracy theory

It's widely believed that social media conspiracy theories are driven by malicious and anonymous "bots" set up by shadowy third parties. But my new research – which examined an extremely successful COVID-19 conspiracy theory—has ...

The psychology of fake news

The brain can be untrustworthy when it comes to deciphering fake news, and especially when headlines are repeated, presented with photos, or generally easy to imagine, experts from The Australia National University (ANU) ...

COVID-19 a perfect storm for conspiracy theories

As the global count of COVID-19 infections heads towards the 20M mark, the pandemic has created what the World Health Organisation calls an 'infodemic," giving conspiracy groups a bigger platform than ever before.

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