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New Paper: From “Nasa Lies” to “Reptilian Eyes”

In recent years, conspiracy theories have pervaded mainstream discourse. Social media, in particular, reinforce their visibility and propagation. A new study by Daniela Mahl, Jing Zeng and Mike Schäfer compares the 10 most prominent conspiracy theories on Twitter, the communities supporting them, and their main propagators. 

Mahl, D., Zeng, J., & Schäfer, M. S. (2021). From “Nasa Lies” to “Reptilian Eyes”: Mapping Communication About 10 Conspiracy Theories, Their Communities, and Main Propagators on Twitter. Social Media + Society, 7(2), 1-12. doi:10.1177/20563051211017482 (Link to paper)