Social media’s conspiracy theory problem isn’t going away
Social media depends on engaging content. Conspiracy theories are engaging. This problem isn’t going away.
I don't think we can blame people for being people. Conspiracy theories are always going to appeal to some. But I do think we can blame the platforms that smash those theories into so many faces.
Jay Van Bavel
#Conspiracy theories are a tool to quell anxiety, give people a sense of control & help make sense of a complicated, depressing, and often disappointing world. It’s often easier to believe in an elaborate neatly tied-up lie than to deal with the truth.