Conspiracy theories collide online as Parler goes dark

Conspiracy theories collide online as Parler goes dark

Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol last week, temporarily halting the certification of Joe Biden’s election as the next US president. When Apple, Amazon and Google booted Parler from their platforms after last week’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill, users of the alternative social network favored by conservatives encouraged their followers to join the messaging app Telegram. And they did. In a public Telegram group chat with roughly 16,000 members, one user called Miguel urged supporters of President Donald Trump to return to DC to push baseless claims that the November vote was stolen from the president. "Guys, every Patriot to the White House on January 21st to protest election fraud," the user posted to the chat, called Parler Lifeboat, referring to the day after the inauguration. Minutes later, another member using the name Michelle, chimed in to wave off fellow MAGA fans: "It’s a set up." The exchange and countless others like it represent a collision of conspiracy theories in the fevered world of pro-Trump support. QAnon is reported by some online observers to be a " psy op " designed to discredit conservatives even though the crazy conspiracy theory, which states Trump is battling Satanic sex traffickers, prompts many supporters to attend his rallies. Protests organized to challenge the results of the election are traps laid by Antifa, a loosely grouped anti-fascist movement , some conservatives say. Disproven claims that votes were changed seem run-of-the-mill by comparison. The bogus ideas emerged on social media sites big and […]

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