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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 07:47 PM

Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media

As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ravaged a drought-ridden Australia, bots and trolls have begun pushing climate science denial across the internet in the form of conspiracy theories about the fires. Thanks to climate change, exceptionally hot, dry drought conditions have worsened and lengthened Australia's typical fire season.

Two of the main conspiracies about the fires are based on the false ideas that they are caused by a spate of arson and they have been worsened by the Green Party's supposed efforts to stop controlled burns as a fire management and reduction measure.

Dr. Timothy Graham from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) did an analysis of the online activity and concluded there was a high level of bots involved in spreading these conspiracies. As ZDnet reported, Graham is “at least confident” that that this was some type of disinformation campaign.

Sites like NewsWars — which was founded by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones who falsely claimed the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax — are already pushing these conspiracies... However, it isn’t just fringe sites pushing these ideas. The New York Times reports that Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has also been instrumental in publishing these debunked claims (and others claiming that these fires are no worse than normal).

https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/01/08/australian-fire-conspiracy-theories-alex-jones-murdoch

This is disgusting.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 07:54 PM

1. My biggest concern

Is that it's been 4 years and there doesn't seem to be a strategy outside of trying to get Facebook or the Republicans to stop it.

We should be prepared to fight fire with fire and turn Fakebook into a cesspool for everyone.

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Mon Jan 13, 2020, 07:54 PM

2. It's spreading!

Trump introduced the concepts of outright lies and disinformation to the World of Politics.

And tamed the Media into accepting as the 'new normal'.

I knew whatever was wrong with Trump and the GOP would be contagious. It's spread across most of America, and now Australia.

Fortunately, the Aussie media aren't braindead enough to fall for it, and we now know who is trolling us.


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