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Conspiracy Theories

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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

Photo illustration; image sources: Kyle Grillot/AFP, Royalty-free/Getty Images, courtesy of Shannon Foley Martinez


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

Jake Angeli (center) stands outside the Senate chamber. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images


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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


The first step is recognizing that conspiracies do, in fact, exist

Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing ‘QAnon’ t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on 10/1/18
Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing ‘QAnon’ t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on 10/1/18
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A Facebook purge and Trump’s infection weakens QAnon but not the alt-health libertarians of ‘Soft-Q’

A QAnon sign outside a Donald Trump campaign stop in Mankato, Minnesota. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images


The spread of QAnon and other conspiracy theories shows how easily people turn to superstition and panic when the world falls apart

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