7 days from fringe to mainstream: How a conspiracy theory ricocheted around the web (USA Today)

USA Today: 7 days from fringe to mainstream: How a conspiracy theory ricocheted around the web. “Just days after a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, conspiracy theorists were able to spin and then spread a demonstrably false tale on social media so that it dominated Internet searches and ‘trending’ tabs. The story — that some of the survivors of the high school massacre were actually so-called crisis actors — became so virulent that the teens had to share photos from their high school year-book to prove they were, in fact, the students whose classmates were killed. How did it go so far, so fast?” Good timeline.