Do the conspiracy theorists who push the most shocking narratives circulating online really believe them?
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There are so many stories and pieces of information flying around on the internet that it can be hard to know what’s real and what’s fake.
Dakota Fink didn’t mean to spread a lie. Honestly, she didn’t.
It was May 2021 and the 23-year-old LA-based model was wearing a face mask. “I was thinking I needed to be more involved with TikTok,” she says. So she decided to record a video as a joke: She’d pull off the flesh-coloured face mask on camera, and subtitle it with a claim that women had to peel layers of their skin off after their period.
These pictures look just like any other group photo taken at any house party. You have the pursed lips, the toasting of paper cups, and the occasional shot of a subject snapping a selfie. The difference is that this is a night these people will never regret, because it’s a false memory and so are its participants.
Twitter says it has stopped enforcing its policy on misleading information about coronavirus.
According to the company's website, it stopped taking action against tweets breaching its Covid rules, on Wednesday, 23 November.
Twitter had previously reported suspending more than 11,000 accounts for Covid misinformation as of September this year.
The NewsGuard investigation found that for a sampling of searches on prominent news topics, almost 20 percent of the videos presented as search results contained misinformation. This means that for searches on topics ranging from the Russian invasion of Ukraine to school shootings and COVID vaccines, TikTok’s users are consistently fed false and misleading claims.
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