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Ignore the Nutty Conspiracies, MH370 Was Likely a ‘Zombie Flight’

02 March 2024
Fear of the deep. It is, at once, a very modern form of horror and a very ancient one. In this case it begins more than six miles high in the sky and ends more than three miles beneath the surface of the ocean. Ten years ago, early in the evening of March 8, 2014, Malaysian […]
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French prime minister faces onslaught of online attacks

20 February 2024
French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal is grappling with online attacks targeting him from multiple directions. The DFRLab identified a cryptocurrency scam that impersonated a French newspaper Libération to publish a fraudulent article critical of Attal, which was boosted via Meta ads. It also appears that Russia activated its Doppelganger disinformation operation against Attal, employing suspicious X accounts to amplify […]
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Labour's Rochdale byelection candidate apologises 'unreservedly' to Jewish community after Israel comments

12 February 2024
The Labour candidate for the 29 February Rochdale byelection, Azhar Ali, has “apologised unreservedly to the Jewish community” for comments which he described as “deeply offensive, ignorant and false.” After comments emerged in which he suggested Israel had allowed the 7 October to happen in order to have a pretext to attack Gaza, he said […]
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Taylor Swift Is Just the Latest Subject in a Long History of Pop Conspiracy Theories

09 February 2024
You’d have to go back to the peak years of Bob Dylan’s cultural relevance, when one critic cum stalker started searching the songwriter’s garbage for clues about his lyrics, to find a musician who attracts as many amateur code breakers as Taylor Swift does. Swift has fed the frenzy by declaring that her songs, her […]
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How Taiwan beat back disinformation and preserved the integrity of its election

The rumors about vote fraud started swirling as the ballots in Taiwan’s closely watched presidential election were tallied on Jan. 13. There were baseless claims that people had fabricated votes and that officials had miscounted and skewed the results. In a widely shared video, a woman recording votes mistakenly enters one in the column for […]
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Growing Oct. 7 ‘truther’ groups say Hamas massacre was a false flag

When she first heard about Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack on Israel, Mirela Monte was “appalled.” The South Carolina real estate agent and self-described holistic healer detests violence and is horrified by war and human suffering. But as Monte read more in Uncensored Truths, a Telegram group with 2,958 subscribers active on foreign policy and the […]
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WEF 'Disease X' session fans pandemic conspiracy theories

19 January 2024
"Disease X is coming. But it isn't some chaotic pandemic we must manage. It is a genocidal kill weapon agreed upon by the worst members of humanity," says InfoWars founder Alex Jones -- who made millions by spreading conspiracy theories about mass shootings and Covid-19 -- in a January 17, 2024 post on X, formerly Twitter. [...] Read more
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Kémi Séba promotes anti-French sentiments in West Africa

Russia’s strategic move to engage Africa-friendly figures in spreading its propaganda has given rise to a network of Pan-African influencers. This group significantly shapes the pro-Russian narratives in West Africa, particularly advocating for the reduction of French and Western influence in the Sahel, while promoting Russian involvement in the region. A central figure in this […]
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Nikki Haley targeted by false weather manipulation claims before Iowa caucuses

"Is the Deep State activating HAARP to disrupt the Iowa Caucus? We all know @NikkiHaley has a lot of friends in the defense industry and Military industrial complex," Loomer says in a January 11, 2024 post on X, formerly known as Twitter. [...] Read more
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Twitter Explodes With Antisemitic Misinfo After Secret Tunnels Found Under NYC Synagogue

On Monday night, 10 men were arrested following a dispute with New York City Police Department officers at the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters, in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a synagogue catering to adherents of the insular Orthodox Jewish movement. The reason: Structural engineers were attempting to fill in a system of mysterious secret tunnels, which had […]
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