June 21, 2024

The Ongoing Cycle of Conspiracy Theories: An Analysis of Kate Middleton’s Health Crisis and the Spread of False Information

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The neverending conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton and cancer

As the news of Kate Middleton’s tumor spread, conspiracy theories about her continued to circulate. Despite some users apologizing for their previous comments, the hashtag #Kategate saw a surge in mentions, reaching a peak of 400 on platforms like X, Instagram, and TikTok.

One video posted on TikTok, viewed 200 thousand times in one day, suggested that the announcement about the future British queen’s illness may have been manipulated using artificial intelligence. The BBC confirmed the authenticity of the video, stating that Kate was filmed by a crew from the broadcaster.

Professor Quassim Cassam, an expert on conspiracy theories at the University of Warwick, notes that evidence disproving conspiracy theories often fuels them instead. He believes that conspiracy theories persist because evidence is seen as part of the conspiracy, making them hard to stop. Whitney Phillips, an expert on digital platforms and ethics at the University of Oregon, agrees and adds that some people spread conspiracy theories for entertainment without regard for those involved.

Cassam predicts that rumors about Kate Middleton will fade as new conspiracy theories emerge on different topics. The cycle of conspiracy theories constantly evolving and changing subjects contributes to the ongoing dissemination of false information and speculation. It is important for individuals to be aware of this cycle and critically evaluate information before sharing it with others.

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