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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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