Conspiracy Theories

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College declares Biden the winner of the election
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President Donald Trump has said he would leave the White House on January 20 if the Electoral College declares President-elect Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

When asked whether he would leave the White House, Trump responded: "Certainly I will. And you know that. If they do, they made a mistake." He added that it would be "a very hard thing to concede" under the current circumstances and again claimed that the "election was a fraud" without giving concrete evidence.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
German State Security searches home of conspiracy theorist Attila Hildmann
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Attila Hildmann has been searched by the police. State protectors searched the flat of the vegan cook, who calls himself "ultra-right" and a conspiracy preacher, in Brandenburg on Tuesday. A police spokesman said that the search had been ordered by the district court of Bernau (Barnim) at the request of the Cottbus public prosecutor's office for the purpose of security. According to the police spokesman, several investigations are underway at the Cottbus public prosecutor's office against Hildmann, including on suspicion of sedition.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Trump interviewed by Fox's Laura Ingraham, claims Biden is controlled by people in "dark shadows"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle" Credit: FoxNews, Video Screenshot

During Monday's interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, President Donald Trump alleged that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was controlled by people in "dark shadows".

When asked by Ingraham to elaborate, Trump answered: "There are people that are on the streets, there are people that are controlling the streets. People you haven’t heard of. We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that. They’re on a plane."

Trump claimed he couldn't say any more as it was "under investigation right now," but that those people were coming "from a certain city" to do "big damage" and that they were funded by "some very stupid rich people."

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook removes "Unmasking America!" group for spreading Covid-19 misinformation
Facebook removes "Unmasking America!" group for spreading Covid-19 misinformation
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"Unmasking America!", one of the largest anti-mask groups on Facebook, has been removed for the violation of Facebook's policies against spreading misinformation about Covid-19. The group, with almost 10,000 members, was sharing what they called "the TRUTH about masks" and claimed masks would obstruct oxygen flow and that masks were a "psychological anchor for suppression, enslavement and cognitive obedience."

After an inquiry from The Verge, Facebook spokesperson Dami Oyefeso responded: "We have clear policies against promoting harmful misinformation about COVID 19 and have removed this group while we review the others."

Law
Protection of the Constitution: Conspiracy theories can lead to extremism
Burkhard Feier (first on the left)
Burkhard Feier (first on the left) Credit: Raimond Spekking (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The Office for the Protection of the Constitution in North Rhine-Westphalia warns that conspiracy theories can lead to terror. However, this would affect all forms of extremism and could be observed in the right and left spectrum.

Burkhard Feier, head of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in NRW, said: "We see several worrying trends in the area of right-wing extremism. The neo-Nazi milieus are becoming more and more radicalized.".