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Trump’s gone, but the GOP’s conspiracy theory cesspool is here to stay

Trump hasn’t even been gone a week, but conspiracy theory culture is still clearly the base of the GOP. State Republican parties have been tweeting in support of QAnon, Holocaust deniers, and spreading “false flag” lies about the Capitol siege. Rand Paul pushed election fraud lies on national TV, and […]
Trump’s gone, but the GOP’s conspiracy theory cesspool is here to stay
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China is spreading conspiracy theories that the coronavirus was created in an American lab and that a US-created vaccine is killing the elderly

Chinese state media is spreading a conspiracy theory that a US Army base created the coronavirus. It’s also pushing unproven claims about the Pfizer vaccine’s safety in older people. The disinformation push comes as WHO scientists arrive in Wuhan to study the virus’ origins. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
China is spreading conspiracy theories that the coronavirus was created in an American lab and that a US-created vaccine is killing the elderly
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Trumpworld’s faux-intellectual grifters are helping him debase democracy with bogus ‘voter fraud’ claims. And Republicans rake in the cash.

Trump lost the election, by a lot. Because he’s too weak to admit he’s a loser, he’s damaging democracy. Internet “sceptics” are amplifying his fake voter fraud claims by engaging in baseless speculation couched in faux intellectual inquiry. The sceptics created smoke in search of a fire, but these gullible […]
Trumpworld’s faux-intellectual grifters are helping him debase democracy with bogus ‘voter fraud’ claims. And Republicans rake in the cash.
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With the election 8 days away, Trump lies about why coronavirus rates are hitting record highs and calls the media ‘losers’ for covering the surging pandemic

President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed the severity of the coronavirus on Twitter as new cases reached record highs across the US last week. “Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST,” Trump wrote. “A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast.” On October 23, daily coronavirus […]
With the election 8 days away, Trump lies about why coronavirus rates are hitting record highs and calls the media ‘losers’ for covering the surging pandemic
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In a blow to Trump, AG Barr’s investigation into Flynn’s ‘unmasking’ ended without criminal charges or a public report

An investigation into whether Obama-era officials improperly “unmasked” former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s name in US intelligence reports found no substantive wrongdoing,The Washington Post reported. Attorney General William Barr tapped US attorney John Bash to lead the investigation in May, but Bash resigned last week. According to The Post, […]
In a blow to Trump, AG Barr’s investigation into Flynn’s ‘unmasking’ ended without criminal charges or a public report
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Pete Evans’ publisher has defended its decision to publish his latest cookbook, as the controversial celebrity chef continues to promote conspiracy theories

More than 7,000 people have signed a petition addressed to Pan Macmillan, calling on the publisher to stop publishing Pete Evans because of his promotion of conspiracy and anti-public health views. The publisher has confirmed their plans to publish Evans’ latest cookbook, saying the author has helped “hundreds of thousands” […]
Pete Evans’ publisher has defended its decision to publish his latest cookbook, as the controversial celebrity chef continues to promote conspiracy theories
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Mike Pence slated to attend a fundraiser hosted by QAnon supporters

Vice President Mike Pence will attend a fundraiser in Montana next week hosted by a couple who have posted far-right QAnon conspiracy theory memes and retweeted conspiracy posts, according to a new Associated Press report. Pence and other powerful Republicans including Kimberly Guilfoyle, GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, and RNC finance […]
Mike Pence slated to attend a fundraiser hosted by QAnon supporters
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Joe Biden suggests supporters of the ‘mortifying’ QAnon conspiracy theory should seek mental health treatment

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden described the QAnon conspiracy theory as “mortifying” and “dangerous,” and suggested its followers should seek mental health treatment. “I’ve been a big supporter of mental health,” Biden said at a Friday campaign event in Delaware, as first reported by Politico. “I’d recommend the people who […]
Joe Biden suggests supporters of the ‘mortifying’ QAnon conspiracy theory should seek mental health treatment
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Facebook and Instagram are finally policing QAnon conspiracy theory groups and other movements that pose ‘significant risks to public safety’

Facebook is cracking down on pages, groups, and Instagram accounts tied to the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory the social media giant announced on Wednesday. The move is part of the platform’s broader action against “offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organisations and QAnon.” That action […]
Facebook and Instagram are finally policing QAnon conspiracy theory groups and other movements that pose ‘significant risks to public safety’
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The doctor in the COVID-19 misinformation video Twitter deleted from Donald Trump Jr.’s account also believes wild things about dream sex with demons and alien DNA

Stella Immanuel, who identifies herself as a physician and appears in a viral coronavirus misinformation video, has previously made other implausible medical claims. According to The Daily Beast, Immanuel has claimed that cysts and endometriosis are a result of people having dreams that they’re having sex with demons and witches. […]
The doctor in the COVID-19 misinformation video Twitter deleted from Donald Trump Jr.’s account also believes wild things about dream sex with demons and alien DNA
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Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: ‘Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth’

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the world, with millions infected and thousands dead, billionaire Microsoft cofounder and philanthropist Bill Gates has pledged a quarter billion dollars to combat the disease through his foundation. Gates criticised social media giants on Tuesday for enabling the spread of coronavirus misinformation and […]
Bill Gates points to social media as the reason coronavirus conspiracy theories spread so rapidly: ‘Incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth’