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People working on climate solutions are facing a big obstacle: conspiracy theories

Thursday, October 05, 2023

To talk about the current state of climate disinformation, we checked in with three NPR reporters who have reported on climate, disinformation and the media.


How rumors and conspiracy theories got in the way of Maui's fire recovery

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Some of the rumors and conspiracy theories were driven by the island's history, but others were pushed by social media influencers and foreign governments.


Maui residents grapple with rumors about the fire and aid as they try to rebuild

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

As if the most deadly wildfires in modern U.S. history hadn't been devastating enough, Maui residents were then hit with rumors and conspiracy theories, making some people hesitant to seek help.


New study shows just how Facebook's algorithm shapes conservative and liberal bubbles

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Research conducted at the height of the 2020 election reveals new details about how Facebook's algorithms handle political content. But it suggests there are no easy fixes to political polarization.


AI-generated text is hard to spot. It could play a big role in the 2024 campaign

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Recent research shows how generative AI could make effective and cost efficient propaganda. It's difficult to detect AI-generated text, raising concerns about the 2024 election.


From 4chan to international politics, a bug-eating conspiracy theory goes mainstream

Sunday, April 02, 2023

The conspiracy theory alleges that a shadowy global elite conspires to control the world's population, in part by forcing them to eat insects. It's being cited by politicians in several countries.


How a conspiracy theory about eating bugs made its way to international politics

Friday, March 31, 2023

A conspiracy theory that claims governments are trying to enslave people and force them to eat bugs has made the leap from online message boards to national politics in at least two countries.


Trump's online supporters remain muted after his indictment

Friday, March 31, 2023

Donald Trump's supporters on far-right social media platforms appear less enthusiastic about coming to the former president's aid. They're wary of ending in the same place of Jan. 6 rioters.


She's Ukrainian-American. Her relatives are in Russia. Family group texts are awkward

Thursday, February 23, 2023

For people who have family members on different sides of the war in Ukraine, it's been a long year of disagreeing, disbelieving and biting tongues.


For families on both sides of the war in Russia and Ukraine, talking about it is a challenge

Sunday, February 19, 2023

For those with families in both Russia and Ukraine, talking about what's happening on the ground in Ukraine has become a challenge.


Twitter's new data access rules will make social media research harder

Thursday, February 09, 2023

Twitter will start charging users for downloading and uploading data. Everything from bots giving out earthquake alerts to ambitious research about how misinformation spreads could be affected.



Tuesday, December 20, 2022



Confusion and falsehoods spread as China reverses its 'zero-COVID' policy

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

As China lifts its stringent zero-COVID policy, public health messaging has taken a U-turn. People are grappling with the whiplash, trying to find a way to protect themselves and loved ones.


Twitter bots surfaced during Chinese protests. Who's behind them remains a mystery

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Researchers noticed accounts spewing out suggestive images. Some observers wondered if it was a Chinese government tactic to drown out the news, but the reality appears to be more complicated.


Election officials feared the worst. Here's why baseless claims haven't fueled chaos

Monday, November 14, 2022

So far, false claims of voting malfeasance have not incited the chaos that many had feared would ensue, stoked by a mythos of election fraud that's become a core belief for many on the right.


Why conspiracy theories about Paul Pelosi's assault keep circulating

Wednesday, November 02, 2022

Fringe websites, a tech CEO and members of Congress all spread false claims about the attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband. The strains of narratives that they leverage are anything but new.


Misinformation can further distort political messaging accepted by immigrants

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Political rhetoric is dividing many Americans. But for those in refugee and immigrant communities, that language gets filtered through another layer of history and lived experience.


How quotation marks turned a story about a clerical error into one about voter fraud

Friday, October 14, 2022

The Colorado election officials accidentally mailed postcards about voting registration to non-citizens who were not eligible to vote. On Twitter, stories about the mistake have turned conspiratorial.


Eyeballs and AI power the research into how falsehoods travel online

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Getting a sense of falsehoods online might sound straightforward, but it isn't. Researchers use state-of-the-art algorithms but it also comes down to lots of scrolling and reading.


Share your stories of navigating information gaps with friends and family overseas

Friday, September 16, 2022

Members of diaspora communities — NPR wants to hear your stories about navigating discussions with family and friends when you aren't on the same page about what's happening in the world.