The fake news we should really fear

Matthew Alford*, Tom Sykes, Stephen Harper*

*Corresponding author for this work

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We live in an era where paranoid political fantasies are not just commonplace but consequential. In the US, Donald Trump swept into the Oval Office on a wave of outlandish narratives – demonising Hillary “lock her up” Clinton and Barack “born in Kenya” Obama. The latest iteration, spilling out unmasked onto British and American streets, is a conspiracy theory called QAnon which alleges that a cabal of Satanic paedophiles is using a bogus virus to enslave the planet. According to believers, among them several Congressional candidates for the November elections, Trump himself is secretly working to thwart this dastardly plot.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationCold Type
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2020


  • Media Freedom
  • propaganda
  • Internet technology
  • Fake news


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