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Conspiracy Theories

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As even our smartest friends fall to conspiracy fever, we have to accept it’s not about logic or politics, but addiction

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An explanation for people’s attraction to QAnon, the Plandemic hoax, and more

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These manipulative buzzwords might be all over your social media feed…

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The conspiracy theory has gained followers among state and local governments nationwide

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For decades, the website’s harsh light of truth rooted out urban legends and conspiracy theories. Does it still work?


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Lessons from the busiest two years of my professional life — and arguably the worst stretch of modern American history

The Women’s March in New York City, 2018. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images


A former white supremacist on how disappointed Q followers can regain agency in their lives — but only if they’re willing

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Conspirituality — in which New Age wellness meets conspiracy culture — helped stoke the riot on Capitol Hill

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If we want women to stop pushing dangerous ideas online, we need to understand why they believe this bullshit

A “Save the Children” rally meant to decry human trafficking and pedophilia, linked to social media accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

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