Fringe Groups and Movements

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Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star

How Dr. Vladimir Zelenko’s claims for his coronavirus treatment spread from a New York village all the way to President Trump. Source

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Facebook Must Better Police Online Hate, State Attorneys General Say

Twenty state attorneys general on Wednesday called on Facebook to better prevent messages of hate, bias and disinformation from spreading, and said the company needed to provide more help to users facing

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Misleading Virus Video, Pushed by the Trumps, Spreads Online

In a video posted Monday online, a group of people calling themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors” and wearing white medical coats spoke against the backdrop of the Supreme Court in Washington, sharing misleading

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‘PizzaGate’ Conspiracy Theory Thrives Anew in the TikTok Era

But starting in April, a confluence of factors renewed interest. A documentary promoting PizzaGate, “Out of Shadows,” made by a former Hollywood stuntman, was released on YouTube that month and passed around

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41 Cities, Many Sources: How False Antifa Rumors Spread Locally

A false rumor about antifa protesters in Yucaipa, Calif., a city about 70 miles from Los Angeles, started with one viral YouTube video about the city. Before long, it had even reached

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Social Media Giants Support Racial Justice. Their Products Undermine It.

A YouTube spokeswoman, Andrea Faville, said that Mr. Saladino’s video had received less than 5 percent of its views this year, and that it was not being widely recommended by the company’s

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Misinformation About George Floyd Protests Surges on Social Media

On Twitter, Mr. Soros was mentioned in 34,000 tweets in connection with Mr. Floyd’s death over the past week, according to Dataminr. Over 90 videos in five languages mentioning Soros conspiracies were

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