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Combating Misinformation in the Aftermath of Tragedy: Sri Lanka’s Conspiracy Mayhem

By Jude Amory (Sri Lanka Guardian)September 4, 2023, ,

Conspiracy theories often thrive on uncertainty, fear, and the human need for answers.

As the dust settles in the aftermath of devastating terror attacks, one would naturally expect a nation to come together in grief, unite against extremism, and seek justice for the victims. However, a disconcerting trend has emerged in recent years: the proliferation of conspiracy theories that threaten not only the truth but also national security. These theories can take root in the most fragile moments of a nation’s history, as evidenced by the tragic Easter Sunday attack in Sri Lanka in 2019. [...]

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