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Conspiracy Theories: Feeding off the social malaise

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What lies behind the surge in groups such as QAnon? Social media has played its role in amplifying their dangerous theories, but they are feeding on real and growing social tensions, writes Richard Donnelly.

What lies behind the surge in groups such as QAnon? Social media has played its role in amplifying their dangerous theories, but they are feeding on real and growing social tensions, writes Richard Donnelly.
Conspiracy Theories: Feeding off the social malaise

QAnon’s threat from beyond the fringe

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The idea that Covid-19 was created by a cabal of satanists is fusing with conspiracy therories about 5G and vaccines. It may sound like a plot of a B Movie, but it’s gaining traction, warns Richard Donnelly

Along with the public health catastrophes and economic and social dislocation triggered by Covid-19, we have seen a pandemic of paranoia. Theories that the virus was created in a biological weapons laboratory or that epidemic diseases are part of a shadowy plot to depopulate the world have interwoven with previously marginal fears about the dangers of vaccination and 5G telecommunications infrastructure. Now these theories are fusing with opposition to public health measures.

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