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The Washington Post | 02.27.18

We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making

Joan Donovan

How did misinformation spread after the Parkland shooting? Data & Society Media Manipulation Lead Joan Donovan explains how extremist movements capitalize on such moments.

“But Donovan, the Data & Society researcher, said far-right sites are increasingly capi­tal­izing on current story lines to promote hyperpartisan claims, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories and media attacks in order to boost their audiences and advertising revenue.

‘You don’t have to know the truth,” she said. “It’s just as effective to hint that a conspiracy is afoot.’”

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