PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories

PsyPost: National narcissism identified as a robust predictor of belief in COVID-19 conspiracy theories. “New research published Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin provides evidence that national narcissism is strongly tied to the spread of COVID-19 conspiracy theories. National narcissism, a type of collective narcissism, refers to the belief that one’s nation is exceptional and entitled to special treatment.”

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology

PsyPost: Study suggests that the modern anti-vaccine movement is shaped by Christian nationalist ideology. “New findings suggest that the contemporary anti-vaccine movement — also known as the anti-vaxx movement — is characterized by religious exclusivism. The study found that Christian nationalism was the second best predictor of anti-vaccine attitudes among Americans. The findings were published in Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.”

Rest of World: Silicon Valley’s double standard

Rest of World: Silicon Valley’s double standard. “Populists don’t gain power in a vacuum. They build it using all the advantages that social media gives those who are not constrained by facts and are willing to make open calls for violence. The problem is not freedom of speech— that is sacrosanct. The problem is that, in the pursuit of profit, social media giants will amplify incendiary voices, giving them the freedom to reach more followers. It’s a systemic risk that governments need to tackle with emerging legislation.”

New York Times: China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age

New York Times: China Masters Political Propaganda for the Instagram Age. “The Communist Party indeed doesn’t hesitate to use state power to tell the Chinese people how they should think. But the displays of patriotism, especially from young people, also show that the party’s propaganda machine has mastered the power of symbol and symbolism in the mass media and social media era.”

France24: China’s social media troll ‘army’ wages war on Uighurs

France24: China’s social media troll ‘army’ wages war on Uighurs. “The Chinese troll army suddenly struck one evening, bombarding the Facebook pages of two pro-Uighur groups with an array of verbal grenades and offensive images. The social media onslaught was the handiwork of the self-styled Diba Central Army, a Chinese patriotic group that has targeted other pages in the past to defend Beijing.”

The Next Web: Expert predicts ‘AI nationalism’ will change geopolitical landscape

The Next Web: Expert predicts ‘AI nationalism’ will change geopolitical landscape. “The US and China are leagues ahead of any other country when it comes to AI technology. And it’s because they know how to prioritize their own programs. Rather than waste time discussing the dangers of AI with the UN, or crafting global policy, the two countries have become AI nationalists.”