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3 Nurses Sue for $1M After Airing COVID Views

Ontario RNs accused of spreading misinformation file complaint against nurses group, media org

(Newser) - Three nurses in Canada who saw repercussions after voicing conspiracy theories online about COVID have now filed a $1 million libel lawsuit. Per the CBC , the complaint by Kristen Nagle, Kristal Pitter, and Sara Choujounian—registered Dec. 13 against the Canadian Nurses Association, CNA executives, and Together News Inc., a...

Tech Firm Mogul's Antisemitic Email: 'Jews Are Behind This'

Entrata's Dave Bateman resigns from board after tying Jewish people to vaccine conspiracy theory

(Newser) - "I write this email knowing that many of you will think I'm crazy after reading it." That's how Utah tech entrepreneur and GOP fundraiser Dave Bateman started off his message to state leaders and members of the tech industry on Tuesday, suggesting he had at least...

France's First Lady Preps Lawsuit: I Was Not Born Male

Brigitte Macron readies to file complaint over conspiracy theory that she's transgender

(Newser) - The name Jean-Michel Trogneux has been floating around in social media circles for months, and France's first lady isn't happy about it. That's because conspiracy theorists are claiming that's Brigitte Macron's birth name, and that she was born male, prompting the 68-year-old wife of Emmanuel...

Anti-5G Pendants Turn Out to Be Radioactive

Dutch nuclear officials warn against wearing pendants, bracelets

(Newser) - People who wear “negative ion” pendants to protect themselves from 5G waves have gone out of the nonexistent fire and into the very real frying pan. There’s zero scientific evidence that 5G cellular service, which isn’t especially different from 3G and 4G, is at all harmful. But...

QAnon Follower Charged With Killing Kids Over 'Serpent DNA'

Matthew Taylor Coleman charged with Mexico murders of children aged 2 and 10 months

(Newser) - Update: The alleged QAnon follower accused of killing his two young children because he believed they had "serpent DNA" was indicted Wednesday. Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, of Santa Barbara, Calif., was charged with two counts of foreign first-degree murder of US nationals, making him eligible for the death penalty,...

Spike Lee Edits HBO Episode After Criticism

Filmmaker cuts discussion of Twin Towers' collapse from 'NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½'

(Newser) - Spike Lee has re-edited the final episode of a four-part HBO series on the Sept. 11 terror attacks after criticism that it gave a platform to conspiracy theorists. NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½, the first episode of which aired Sunday, explores how New York City has weathered events like the coronavirus pandemic...

Homeland Security Warns of Threat from Trump Conspiracy

DHS cites online chatter, says threat is modest

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security is raising the alarm. There’s a growing trend of calls for violence from conspiracy theorists who want former president Donald Trump reinstated, the agency said in a bulletin sent to state and local authorities. The Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, an event...

Biden to Facebook: You're Not Killing People

President clarifies comments, renews call to stamp out misinformation

(Newser) - President Biden was pretty ticked at Facebook . Then Facebook got pretty ticked at Biden . Now Biden wants everyone to just get along—and work together to stop the antivaccine misinformation campaign. After saying Facebook and other social media giants that give platforms to antivaxxers are "killing people," CNBC...

'Disinformation Dozen' Pushes Most Antivaccine Content

73% of false conspiracy theories on Facebook come from accounts of 12 people

(Newser) - Twelve people are responsible for 73% of COVID misinformation on Facebook. A group called the Center for Countering Digital Hate says it looked at content posted on Facebook and antivaccine Facebook groups in February and March, and then monitored how the content was shared. The group says antivaccine influencers make...

Private School Warns Its Teachers Not to Get Vaccine

Citing debunked theory, Fla.'s Centner Academy says staff will be kept from students if they do so

(Newser) - While many schools are encouraging staff to get the COVID vaccine, one private school in Miami is doing the opposite. Per CBS4 , the Centner Academy, which charges up to $30,000 per year for students in pre-K through eighth grade, emailed a letter to employees Monday citing debunked anti-vaccination theories,...

House Cancels Thursday Session Over Attack Fears

The Senate has not followed suit

(Newser) - The House of Representatives has canceled its Thursday session over reports of a possible plot by an “identified militia group” to attempt a repeat of the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. One Democratic lawmaker tells the Hill that there is “growing concern about threats to the...

Conspiracy Theorists Think Trump Will Be President on Thursday

No expectation of violence, though Capitol Police will be on guard

(Newser) - Capitol Police are boosting security in response to a far-right conspiracy theory claiming Donald Trump will again become president on Thursday. Some QAnon supporters believed Trump would declare martial law and remain in office on Jan. 20. But "when that didn't happen, the date was moved from Jan....

Lawmaker Reportedly Pushed School Shooting Conspiracies

Before in office, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene allegedly called Sandy Hook, Parkland attacks staged

(Newser) - As Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene filed impeachment articles against President Biden on his first full day in office, she was facing calls for her own removal over her support for conspiracy theories, one of which claims the Parkland, Fla., school shooting was staged. The left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters has...

For QAnon Believers, Now What?
Some QAnon Believers Morph
to Embrace Joe Biden
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Some QAnon Believers Morph to Embrace Joe Biden

Other feel duped and betrayed by conspiracy movement

(Newser) - For QAnon believers, the promised "storm" never came. Donald Trump is out and Joe Biden is in at the White House. There was no final-day declaration of martial law, no mass arrests, no continuation of the Trump presidency. All of which raises the question: What happens now to the...

Lucy Lawless Slams 'Hercules' for Antifa Conspiracy Theory

'Xena' had some words for Kevin Sorbo on Twitter regarding the Capitol Hill riot

(Newser) - Xena the Warrior Princess doesn't mess around in battle, even on Twitter. That's where Lucy Lawless, the actor who played the ancient Greek fighter in the '90s TV series, ended up on Thursday, embroiled in what Fox News calls a "clash of superheroes" over a conspiracy...

Sources: Fox News to Pay Seth Rich's Parents 7 Figures

Network settled lawsuit before its stars could be deposed

(Newser) - The parents of Seth Rich have reached a settlement with Fox News, which put forth the conspiracy theory that the Democratic National Committee staffer killed in what police said was a robbery gone wrong in 2016 was instead murdered after leaking Democratic emails to WikiLeaks. A recent Yahoo investigation found...

Donald Trump Jr. Thinks Vaccine News Is a Little Fishy

He suggests Pfizer delayed news to benefit Joe Biden

(Newser) - Pfizer's announcement that its vaccine appears to deliver strong protection against COVID-19 was hailed as great news in the stock market and beyond. But Donald Trump Jr. sees a political conspiracy at play, suggesting that the company held off on the news to hurt his father's reelection chances,...

Media Rejects 'Conspiracy' in Arizona

'Sharpiegate' theory comes to life on social media

(Newser) - As states across the US release vote totals for the presidential election, some social media users are falsely claiming that ballots are being invalidated in Arizona. The supposed culprit: Sharpie markers, the AP reports. In what's come to be known as #Sharpiegate, social media posts suggest that election officials...

She Claimed Politician Was a Pedophile, Now Owes $625K

Australian MP's accuser is unapologetic, to say the least

(Newser) - Internet trolls, beware: A conspiracy theorist who claimed a politician was involved in a pedophile ring has been ordered to pay more than half a million dollars. Last month, Anne Webster, a first-term Australian MP, and her husband sued Karen Brewer over a series of Facebook posts that claimed Webster...

Top Republican in House Rips QAnon

McCarthy, Pence, and Cheney reject conspiracy theory

(Newser) - Under pressure after a conspiracy theorist won a GOP primary in Georgia , the House Republican leader has distanced his party from QAnon. "There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party," Rep. Kevin McCarthy said in a Fox News interview, the Hill reports. "I do not...

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