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Feb 23 2021
Wall Street's populist uprising, the Capitol siege and a strong U.S. anti-vaccination movement show the power of memes in spreading misinformation and influencing communities online.
Why it matters: For years, there's been growing concern that deepfakes (doctored pictures and videos) would become truth's greatest threat. Instead, memes have proven to be a more effective tool inAxios
Jul 22 2022
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is being mocked across social media after a video of him running away from the mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was released on Thursday by the House committee investigating the insurrection.
The committee displayed a well-known picture of Hawley raising a fist of solidarity to those gathered to protest the transition of power between former PresidentThe Hill
Mar 10 2021
Cara only has about 700 followers on Twitter. The 20-year-old frequently garners a handful of “Likes” on her content, which consists mostly of takes on pop culture and singing videos.
But when she tweeted a popular image of a potential US high-speed rail map in January, saying “I want her so f***ing much,” her tweet quickly went viral, earning over 185,000 “Likes” and more than 50,000Vox
May 06 2021
COVID-19 was the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020. But a meme featuring Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis minimizes the toll the pandemic already has taken — particularly among the elderly. The meme also questions getting inoculated, despite the safety record of the vaccines and DeSantis’ public support for vaccines.
Some politicians and pundits have downplayed the severity ofFactCheck.org
Aug 29 2020
Philip Aiken has received more than 1.4m likes on the video-sharing app TikTok. But his videos don’t feature cute animals and there are no celebrities to be seen. Aiken’s posts are about soil restoration.
The 27-year-old is one of a growing number of TikTok users discussing the benefits of boosting biodiversity in green spaces and gardens against a backdrop of viral sounds. “I see it asThe Guardian
Aug 22 2022
BitChute and Odysee serve up conspiracies, racism and graphic violence to millions of viewers. Taking advantage of Big Tech disinformation crackdowns and the rise of Trump, the sites reflect a new media universe – one where COVID-19 is fake, Russia fights Nazis in Ukraine, and mass shootings are ‘false flag’ operations.
A day after a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York last May, theReuters
Sep 07 2020
On Sunday evening, an edited clip of President Donald Trump went viral on social media. The 12-second clip, edited out of a 2019 C-SPAN interview with Trump, showed the president walking to a helicopter before stopping to point to a puddle on the ground outside of the White House. Some Twitter users tweeted the video along with comments that Trump looked "confused" and "disoriented." "TrumpMediaite C-SPAN Fox News (Online News)
May 05 2020
Former President George W. Bush's viral video calling for unity — and current President Donald Trump's reaction to it — have made major news nationwide, sparking discussions about the state of hyperpartisanship in the United States and nostalgic reflections on the politics of past eras.
Many former Bush critics applauded the video, which was shared on May 2. Most left-rated outlets andBloomberg The Atlantic Washington Times
Sep 27 2022
Disturbing video has emerged of an Iranian girl being beaten by authorities after she removed her hijab amid violent demonstrations that have gripped the country since a young woman died following her arrest for allegedly violating dress rules.
The footage shared by London-based Iran International shows the girl being attacked and falling to the ground after she removed her headscarf inNew York Post (News)
Aug 07 2022
Trump baselessly claims that Jan. 6 instigators and Gretchen Whitmer kidnap plot were 'fake' in CPAC speech, video shows
Donald Trump said Capitol riot instigators and the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were "fake" in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday.
The former president made the comments after talking about the January 6 Congressional hearings, which he called a "one-sided witch hunt."
"As another example, the sting they didInsider