Poynter: How Sept. 11 helped shape modern misinformation and conspiracy theories

Poynter: How Sept. 11 helped shape modern misinformation and conspiracy theories. “The attacks and their aftermath also helped reshape, and in some ways turbocharge, the misinformation and conspiracy theory industry — encouraging people to turn to the internet for answers; demonstrating the power of ‘Plandemic’-style videos; fueling distrust of powerful institutions like the FBI, the intelligence community and the mainstream media; stoking fears of real and perceived enemies, including immigrants, Muslims and the surveillance state; and heightening a feeling of lost control, everywhere from airports to ballgames.”

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