Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

Climate Deniers Turn to QAnon to Spread Misinformation

by Natasha Lasky and Miro Korenha A recent study from online network analysis firm Graphika suggests that the loudest voices perpetuating climate change denial have started sharing content and hashtags from the QAnon conspiracy movement. Researchers speculate that this partnership is tactical, as followers of the QAnon movement— who are already skeptical of science — […]

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Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

Facebook’s New Climate Initiative Doesn’t Fight Fake News

As Rachel Koning Beals wrote for MarketWatch yesterday, “Facebook, long targeted by critics for allowing misinformation on global warming and other environmental developments to populate users’ social-media feeds unchecked, announced it will launch a new information hub to provide “science-based information” about climate change.” NPR’s All Things Considered further explained that “Users in the U.S., […]

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Fake News Festering on Facebook

Fake News Festering on Facebook

We wrote earlier this week that despite public pressure, and the threat of Congressional oversight, Facebook has continued to allow false information about climate change and other social issues to spread unchecked. (Newsletters Popular Information and HEATED co-reported on the specific exemptions that have enabled fake news to permeate on Facebook) All this comes as […]

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Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

Facebook Allows Climate Denial to Flourish On Its Platform

In 2016, social media platforms were revealed to have helped propaganda spread unchecked. As a result, there have been many calls to more stringently regulate and break up social media companies like Twitter and Facebook. In recent weeks though, while Twitter has taken steps to fact-check more of its content (including the President’s), Facebook has […]

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Backlash for Michael Moore’s Climate Documentary Continues to Grow

Backlash for Michael Moore’s Climate Documentary Continues to Grow

Though filmmaker Michael Moore is no stranger to controversy, his most recent film, Planet of the Humans, was released last week for Earth Day and has been receiving backlash from the environmental community ever since. The film bashes renewable energy as a solution to the climate crisis and asks if it’s possible, “for machines made […]

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Fake News Bots Account for the Bulk of Social Media Climate Denial

Fake News Bots Account for the Bulk of Social Media Climate Denial

After the 2016 election, it became evident that bots were responsible for the spread of vast misinformation, or fake news. While there’s currently AI being deployed to fight this dangerous element of social media, bots are still incredibly effective at spreading false narratives, especially when it comes to climate change. As The Guardian reported, “the […]

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