conspiracy theories

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in Miami

Miami’s Spanish-Language Media Is Overrun With Trumpist Conspiracies

Right-wing Cuban Americans believe they’re fighting U.S. communism.

A car with a flag endorsing QAnon

QAnon Is Trumpism Now

The sprawling conspiracy theory is dying—and being reborn as the new normal of the Republican Party.

A QAnon supporter

As QAnon Copes With Trump’s Likely Loss, They Wonder Where Q Is

The pseudonymous leader of the conspiracy theory hasn’t posted for days.

Car decorations reference the QAnon conspiracy theory at a campaign rally for U.S. President Donald Trump

In Likely Lost Election, QAnon Sees Even More Conspiracies

Trump’s most dedicated supporters are going into a spiral online.

A man carries a QAnon conspiracy theory sign

QAnon Followers Trust ‘the Plan,’ Not the Polls

Many adherents of the conspiracy theory believe Trump’s victory is preordained.

A demonstrator holds up a placard reading “Fake News: Trump Tested Positive” in Konstanz, Germany, on Oct. 3, 2020.

The Case Against Big Tech’s Election Strategies

Misinformation is hyperlocal. Attempts to counter it should be, too.

A Trump supporter holds a “Q” sign at a rally in Ohio on Aug. 4, 2018.

QAnon’s Sound and Fury

Where the conspiracy came from and what it means for politics at home—and abroad.

A protester waves a QAnon flag

QAnon’s Creator Made the Ultimate Conspiracy Theory

There’s no fact the sprawling movement can’t dismiss—and no madness it can’t imagine.

A person wearing a QAnon T-shirt takes part in a rally in Brooklyn, New York, on Aug. 9.

QAnon Destroys Lives. Now It’s Coming for Congress.

It’s hard—but possible—to save people from the conspiracy theory’s grip.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump wearing “QAnon” t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee, on Oct. 1, 2018.

QAnon Goes to Iran

Restart, a fringe Iranian dissident group, shows how conspiracy spreads—and what that means for U.S. politics.

The Jacques-Cartier bridge in Montreal

Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada’s Far-Right

Anti-Chinese sentiment and a public health backlash have vaulted Hong Kong-born Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam into the firing line for Canada’s extremists.

Commuters look at their cell phones in a subway station in Beijing on April 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As the Coronavirus Spreads, Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral Too

Dubious and unfounded claims on the internet intended for domestic consumption are reaching far beyond their target audiences, allowing governments to spread disinformation cheaply and easily.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

People wearing protective face masks in Bangkok

The Wuhan Virus Is Not a Lab-Made Bioweapon

Conspiracy theories are spreading faster than the coronavirus itself.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski attends a ceremony marking the fifth anniversary of the presidential plane crash in Smolensk on April 10, 2015. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)

Has the Clock Run Out on the Smolensk Conspiracy?

Blaming the Russians, or political opponents, only goes so far.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01:  French Presidential Candidate Emmanuel Macron addresses voters during a political meeting at Grande Halle de La Villette on May 1, 2017 in Paris, France.  Emmanuel Macron faces President of the National Front, Marine Le Pen  in the final round of the French presidential elections on May 07.   (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron Is About to Face Five Years of Crazy Rothschild Conspiracy Theories

The French president’s greatest vulnerability might be his connection to an international banking family that has obsessed the country for centuries.

A nurse injects an anti-flu vaccine to a woman on September 14, 2009 at the Clermont-Ferrand hospital, central France, during a test with volunteers directed by medicine Claude Dubray as a preventive measure from the H1N1 virus (swine flu). At least 3,205 people have died of the disease worldwide since it was uncovered in April, the World Health Organisation (WTO) told in a conference in Vienna today.  AFP PHOTO THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read THIERRY ZOCCOLAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump and the Anti-Vaxxer Conspiracy Theorists

The president-elect’s dangerous views on the safety of vaccines threaten the lives of millions of Americans.

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Prosecutor: Putin’s Former Press Secretary Died in D.C. Hotel Because He Was Drunk

Conspiracy theories surrounded the death of Mikhail Lesin. DC prosecutors determined he died after days of drinking.

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Rob Ford, Former Toronto Mayor Beset by Controversy, Has Died

Rob Ford, a popular former Toronto mayor best known for drug and alcohol scandals, has died after battling cancer.