Online conspiracies can spark offline violence — and it could happen here


As disinformation experts watched a pro-Trump mob storm Capitol Hill on Wednesday, many were astonished — but few were surprised.

That’s because the events that took place on Wednesday, according to the people who study conspiracy theories for a living, are a “predictable” culmination of the conspiracy theories and disinformation that have taken root in the dark, not-so-hidden corners of social media.





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