Two days later, sebastian gorka - a former adviser of president tmp's - tweeted to his 700, 000 followers still no sign, noting the state of the union was about. But its real boost came when a couple of right - wing personalities with large social media followings. The existing open ments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to independent. After justice antonin scalia died suddenly at a texas ranch in 2016, conspiracy theories swirled about the nature of his death, and whether he was murdered as a political. An anonymous account shared an old photo of the presidential hearse carrying ronald reagan past the capitol building, writing prominent dc funeral home vehicle seen leaving the ginsberg. Thats why, in an era of political lies and brexit bias, more readers are turning to an independent. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a te meeting of independent. Create a menting name to join the debate independent minds ments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, independent. Create a menting name to join the debate enter your email to follow new ments. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real - world solutions You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies. Find your bookmarks in your independent minds section, under my.
Neither did justices thomas, alito, sotomayor. They won't be happy if she skips speech tonight, as she has. Two anonymous twitter accounts were behind the edited snippet of video about an encounter between a group of catholic high school boys and a native america activist that went viral Subscribe now register with your social account or click here to log in you can find our munity guidelines. Conspiracy theories about political figures are not new, but social media and other digital tools that allow for and, at times, encourage their wide dissemination have given them a new prominence in. For the last 12, he has covered the. The supreme court has been the target of conspiracy theories. But reporting later showed some of the main groups that had spread it were profiting off the attention it helped. Soon, videos questioning the official line on ms ginsburg's health were the top search results for the justice's. This week he experienced something he says was a first in his career a storm of mentators, many anonymous, swarming his social media accounts and email inbox to tell him something he saw with his own eyes and reported in the washinon post did not actlly happen th bader ginsburg, alive and well, attending a performance about her life at a museum in washinon - her first public appearance since she underwent cancer surgery in december. Photos were not allowed at the event, so one of the doubters emailed mr barnes 21 questions about ms ginsburg's appearance - the size of her security detail, what gender they were, for example - telling mr barnes that if he did not answer every single one of them, then it was a sign his article was not to be believed. And the conversation after major news events, like the parkland shooting in florida last year, is routinely distorted by plex processes that lend themselves to gaming and manipulation, experts say, though specific actors and motivations can be hard to immediately.
Twitter's autofill remendations for rbg have an even wider selection rbgwhereyoube, rgbproofoflife It is considered a victory when those fringe conspiracies are amplified into the mainstream by a reporter attempting to. Are you sure you want to submit this vote? Are you sure you want to mark this ment as inappropriate? Want to discuss real - world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try independent minds free. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Try independent minds free for 1 month to access. An online petition to impeach her failed to meet a 5, 000 signature. Mr barnes had unknowingly n into a distinct facet of the modern news cycle a small but vocal crowd of fired up mentators organising online around a conspiracy theory with political undertones. From. What's going on?.
The conspiracy theory lives on in the algorithms. Though it is impossible to know how large these groups are, the disption they cause far exceeds their size, due in part to visibility social media algorithms lends to ideas that fire people up, regardless of their veracity. Ms ginsburg did not attend the state of the union on. Due to the sheer scale of this ment munity, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests. Subscribe from just 15p a day for extra exclusives, events and ebooks – all. 27 a day, more exclusives, analysis. It appears to have originated on the message boards that house the. It seems logical that she would be back for it mr barnes said he is less offended by suggestions he was fooled by a body double than those that say he made up ms ginsburg's appearance. People know that journalists are on twitter, searching for news and. Thomas and alito not likely either, but, i swear Please continue to respect all menters and create constctive. The mini empire of amplifiers, profiteers, and fame seekers who benefit from qanon's small but passionate audience.
In ms ginsburg's case, doubt about her health began to spread around the time she missed the court's first case, 7 janry, as she recovered from surgery on 21 december. The supreme court does not have another public session until 19 febary, mr barnes said, noting that specialists said there is a six to eight week recovery typically expected for the procedure ms ginsburg had undergone. But there is often more to these movements than they. At the independent, no one tells us. And the twitter hoaxes continued. Next, the theory started to draw mainstream coverage - another way conspiracy theories spread, even when they are properly fact - checked, debunked and contextlised Create a menting name to join the debate want to discuss real - world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try independent minds free. A falsehood has been spreading in dark corners of the inter that th bader ginsburg is dead - and in the hours after he published his report, conspiracy theorists pelted mr barnes with their doubt - mongering. An anonymous but influential account posted a stew of doubt - mongering, wondering about ms ginsburg's real medical diagnosis, and wondering what kind of off - market dgs were sustaining. The most insightful ments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. The clock is ticking, the.
Log in using your social work account log in directly with the independent try independent minds free for 1 month social media users spread false mours after justice's first appearance since cancer surgery robert barnes has been a reporter and editor at the washinon post for more. The theories, which have no grounding in evidence Feeling grateful for tweeters who say i, and many others, saw rbg body - double, as opposed to those who think i lied, he wrote. Ben garrison, a prominent pro - tmp cartoonist, tweeted about ms ginsburg's whereabouts, musing on his blog about whether liberals would ever keep her death a secret, so mr tmp could not fill the seat with a conservative. The conspiracy theory may be given more oxygen. Create a menting name to join the debate you can find our munity guidelines. The pizzagate conspiracy theory spread through the fringes of right - wing inter culture to twitter, where it was amplified by people with huge followings - and also, as it turns out Youtube is still remending rbg dead as one of its autofill searches. You can form your. Please continue to respect all menters and create constctive. Are you sure you want to mark this ment as inappropriate? Are you sure you want to delete this ment?.
Anyone can post in open. Fox news show fox amp friends aired a graphic that briefly said she had died, though it quickly apologised and said it. James woods, an actor who is a mainstay of the conspiracy - laden parts of the pro - tmp inter, helped to get the hashtag wheresth trending on twitter. After the qanon theory went viral, for instance, conspiracy theorists were delighted by the mainstream attention. Qanon, the shorthand for a tale that fantasises about a vast, deep - state conspiracy aimed at thwarting president donald tmp, was presented as an organic movement when it burst into mainstream consciousness. Other reporters who saw ms ginsburg on monday night at the performance were hit with the same flood of replies. They include spurious accounts, trending hashtags supported by bot works, and opaque algorithms that surface buzzy content and mentary - no matter what the. There was no panic in the district of columbia. If hoaxers were seeking attention for the theory, they have certainly succeeded. The washinon post well tell you. Targeting reporters like mr barnes with wide followings online is a good. One of the accounts was later booted from twitter after the service said it was manipulating the conversation.
After the parkland shooting, whitney phillips, a mercer university professor who studies online culture, told the post that conspiracy theorists and hoax spreaders are really good at seeding a story with an establishment outlet so they can bring that prize back to those far - right ..