This tool could act as an early warning system for harmful conspiracy theories

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The automated approach can detect the telltale signs of a baseless conspiracy theory as it begins to turn into a narrative on social media. The audio on the otherwise shaky body camera footage is unusually clear. As police officers search a handcuffed man who moments before had fired a shot inside a pizza parlor, an officer asks him why he was there. The man says to investigate a pedophile ring. Incredulous, the officer asks again. Another officer chimes in, “Pizzagate. He’s talking about Pizzagate.” Read Full Story

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I’m one of NYC’s only Black CrossFit gym owners. Here’s why I’m not disaffiliating—yet

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Christopher Sainsbury shares the demands Black gym owners have made amid the company’s initial silence on Black Lives Matter and founder Greg Glassman’s racist comments. For well over a week after George Floyd’s death, CrossFit remained silent, even as mass protests swept the country and countless brands pledged solidarity with the Black community. When CrossFit founder Greg Glassman did eventually comment—on an internal Zoom call that was leaked to BuzzFeed News —he floated conspiracy theories, questioned the motives of protestors, and asked gym owners why he should mourn Floyd’s death. “We’re not mourning for George Floyd, I don’t think me or any of my staff are,” he claimed. Read Full Story

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Why Bill Gates is the focus of the latest coronavirus conspiracy theories

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Misinformation about the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist is swirling around online as part of an effort to push an anti-vaccination agenda. “The Bible says there will be an Antichrist, a man that proclaims to be God, who will try to unite the world in a one-world government with a one-world financial system and establish a one-world religion,” says Pastor Adam Fannin, a controversial Florida preacher who has latched onto the anti-vaccination movement, in a recent YouTube video. Read Full Story

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Bill Gates thinks the COVID-19 conspiracies about him are ‘bizarre’

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The Microsoft founder has finally responded to the rampant conspiracy theories sparked by his efforts to develop and produce a coronavirus vaccine. Among COVID-19 conspiracy theorists, Bill Gates is legend . He has been the subject of several false narratives that either blame him for the outbreak or accuse him of trying to profit from it. None of these stories are true, even though they continue to proliferate on YouTube, Facebook, and darker corners of the internet. Read Full Story

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