Facebook parent Meta says it will restore former President Donald Trump’s personal account in the coming weeks, ending a two-year suspension it imposed in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection. The company said in a blog post Wednesday it is adding “new guardrails” to ensure there are no “repeat offenders” who violate its rules. Trump was suspended on Jan. 7, a day after the deadly 2021 insurrection. Other social media companies also kicked him off their platforms, though he was recently reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk took over the company. Responding to the news, Trump blasted Facebook’s original decision to suspend his account and praised Truth Social, the site he created after being blocked from Twitter.
The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting — which will draw some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential figures to the Swiss mountain town of Davos this week — has increasingly become a target for bizarre claims from a growing chorus of commentators who believe the forum involves a group of elites manipulating global events for their own benefit. Misinformation experts say what was once a conspiracy theory found in the internet’s underbelly has now hit the mainstream, becoming more concerning as it grows in popularity.
Conspiracy theories have roots deep in history. As Alex Jones proved, there's a lot of money to be made in spreading them, no matter how outlandish.
Your Turn: The crazification of the Republican Party is real.
A sign on a Browns Valley Road sidewalk strip that states false information about COVID-19 vaccine deaths is under investigation by the city of Napa for being in the public right-of-way.
Modern conspiracy theories echo deadly lies from the past, historian Edna Friedberg says.
QAnon is huge and dangerous because social media platforms empowered it for their own profits and power, tech author and investor Roger McNamee says.
A new report has found that support for conspiracies surged alongside the rise in COVID-19 infections.
A plague of conspiracy theories is attacking scientific facts about the pandemic, and replacing them with fake theories that will undermine efforts to tame it, columnist Trudy Rubin says.
What makes this so scary is that these politicians don't see the risk of mainstreaming conspiracy delusions as the basis for White House policy.
To be clear, readily repeatable experiments show the Earth is round. Yet the flat-Earth conspiracy theory continues to grow. Now experts are w…
He's learning the difference between promoting myths that are merely incendiary or hateful and more broad-based conspiracy theories that test the limits of the law.
Access to the highest levels of intelligence in the world can't seem to deter the president of the United States from depending on unreliable right-wing sources to inform his decisions in high office.
When we approach an ancient object such as the Voynich Manuscript, we tend to bring our preconceptions with us to the table. The more we burden the manuscript with what we want it to be, the more buried the truth becomes.
In journalism, speed kills. Be skeptical. Don't spread shaky information. Find reputable news sources; compare and contrast what they are reporting. We know this. But it's not easy advice to follow.
Not surprisingly, Epstein's death immediately prompted the spinning of various conspiracy theories, darkly speculating that what now appears to be a suicide might instead have been the result of foul play.
Understanding who believes fake news and why touches on the very foundations of American democracy. The view that we're all equally clueless plays into the post-truth rabbit hole dug by the Trump campaign and administration.
His name has become a synonym for a well-worn anti-Semitic canard: The idea that Jews are malevolent fomenters of social dissent, agitators slyly funding and masterminding protest, seeking to undermine a white, Christian social order.
Conservatives have been trained by the people they trust most to believe that everything is a conspiracy. And not just a conspiracy; a conspiracy against them.