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The Washington Post | 12.10.18

Two years after #Pizzagate showed the dangers of hateful conspiracies, they’re still rampant on YouTube

Joan Donovan

In this in-depth analysis, The Washington Post cites Data & Society research insights and quotes Joan Donovan to show how conspiracy theories still thrive on YouTube.

“Data and Society found that 22 percent of Gab users link to videos on YouTube and that people pushing racist and anti-Semitic views — often cloaked in engaging but false conspiracy theories — link to one another’s clips on YouTube, make guest appearances on one another’s online shows and engage in the company’s paid conversation boards known as “super chats.” These tactics, the researchers found, bolster the popularity of the videos and fuel the spread of extremist ideologies.”

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