Albuquerque, New Mexico 2021-01-14 00:27:19 –
Dr. Flores said conspiracy theories are emerging on social media and their popularity and social impact have grown since the 2016 elections.
“I think it’s different now in the sense that it’s actually a little more cohesive and looks a little more thoughtful,” he said.
Dr. Flores said there are two main reasons. It’s accessibility and the fact that it can spread quickly.
Conspiracy theories can also make some people feel they are part of the community.
“There are studies that suggest that depending on who shares something, you are much more likely to believe it just because someone said it,” Dr. Flores said.
Dr. Flores said false information is beginning to reach more demographics. Some of that misinformation is also becoming more mainstream, as the president and others often repeat them.
“Rudi Giuliani said,’We will have a duel trial.’ Such rhetoric is taken very seriously on social media,” Dr. Flores said.
Companies are stepping up efforts to block people who are spreading posts and falsehoods, including President Trump. Many people are now flocking to other apps and social media sites.
“They will find a way to keep the conversation going, whether it’s a parlor or another type of website that already exists,” said Dr. Flores.
Dr. Flores said people need to be more careful about the information they consume on social media. He also said he believes that conspiracy theory will continue to be popular for a long time.
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