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The Jimmy Carter Argument in Vote-by-Mail Fraud

Last week, a row erupted between Twitter and President Donald Trump after the social media platform added a warning label and a fact-check to one of the president’s tweets, when he linked mail-in ballots to a high-risk of electoral fraud.

Nick Backovic|22 minutes ago|5 mins read

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When Grammar is Political

The phrase “Officer Involved Shooting” was coined by the LAPD in the 1970s, in the name of a team that specifically worked to interfere in the investigation of police shootings, preventing their perpetrators from being brought to justice.

Edie Miller|29th May 20|5 mins read

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How Joseph Stalin's "Coronavirus Prediction" Went Viral

In March, the Russian website Panorama published an article claiming that Joseph Stalin had made a 1947 prediction about ways the United States would fight geopolitical rivals in the future.

Kristina Gildejeva|28th May 20|3 mins read

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Edie Miller|27th May 20|3 mins read

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Think Logically - Why Media Literacy and Education Must Remain the Front Line of Defense Against Misinformation and Disinformation

If we’re to learn one thing from the torrent of coronavirus-related information we’ve been bombarded with in recent months - what the World Health Organization has labelled an infodemic – it should be something about our failures.

Nick Backovic|26th May 20|4 mins read

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Twice Betrayed: How Real Atrocities Fuel Fake Health Conspiracies

There’s a film on Youtube that shows one of those baffling, unbelievable displays of hubris that the twentieth century seems to have specialized in: five men in khaki US Army fatigues stand in the Nevada desert, against the backdrop of a dazzlingly clear blue sky.

Edie Miller|22nd May 20|10 mins read

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London Real is Falling Down

London Real's controversial videos have cultivated a dedicated and vocal following known as the London Real Army, but after a $1,000,000 fundraiser, it appears as though there is dissent in the ranks.

Joe Ondrak|21st May 20|10 mins read

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Edie Miller|20th May 20|2 mins read

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The Politics of Impatience Will Doom Us All

The rise of the 24-hour news cycle in the US is largely credited to the grim spectacle of the OJ Simpson murder case in 1994. Since then, cable news, then online news, and then social media platforms have all scrambled mercilessly for our attention.

Al Baker|19th May 20|6 mins read

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Eschatology in Conspiracy Theories: Fact-Checking the End of the World with Dr. Chris Deacy

Last week our colleague Joe Ondrak delved into the theory behind the cultic milieu—a ‘collective cognitive space’ that glues ‘deviant belief systems’ together—to explore what makes conspiracy theories merge into elaborate, all-encompassing ideologies.

Nick Backovic|18th May 20|7 mins read

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Exclusive: Russian Medical Staff Unprotected, Unpaid and Silenced by the State

The Russian health system is suffering severe strain as a result of the COV-19 pandemic with problems ranging from chronically inaccurate death toll reporting, non-payment of medical workers and poor supply and quality of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Kristina Gildejeva|15th May 20|6 mins read

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Fact-Checking Robert Pattinson’s Exploding Pasta

GQ magazine recently published a glorious series of interviews with Robert Pattinson, possibly humanity’s weirdest, most delightfully baffling celebrity.

Edie Miller|14th May 20|6 mins read

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Edie Miller|13th May 20|2 mins read

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Creating the COVID Story

When it comes to coronavirus, there are two big conspiracy theories. The first – which is beginning to cross over from the realms of conspiracy to become official US policy, endorsed by Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo – is that COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan lab.

Tom Whyman|12th May 20|5 mins read

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The Unsettling Subtext in the "Officer Anderson" Video Going Viral

A video currently doing the rounds on social media features Officer Greg Anderson of the Port of Seattle Police Marine Patrol Unit giving his take on the enforcement of “tyrannical” measures during the coronavirus lockdown.

Nick Backovic|11th May 20|4 mins read