Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Pseudoscience and Conspiracy Theories on Social Media

Some examples of Pseudoscience and Conspiracy Theories on Social Media.

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Cannabis does not cure cancers
Dangerous pseudo-science that could get people killed if they use cannabis oil instead of medical advice. In contrast to the claims in the article, there are MANY studies on the effects of cannabisits effects - for example at CancerResearchUK page.

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Anti-Vaccine attitudes get children killed.

This post actively causes harm by discouraging people from getting their children vaccinated. If you want to see what DOCTORS say about flu vaccine, visit this CDC page.

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ISIS probable are not named after MOSSAD

So, Israel secretly set up an extreme group, then called it the same acronym they use on their letterheads. Have I got that right?

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Life in Libya under Gaddafi was no a bed of roses

Where is the evidence that any of the "facts" on that meme are actually true? A free health service is not the same as an effective one. I can offer your whole family free family healthcare right now. It's just that whatever your illlness, the only treatment you are going to get is paracetamol"

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CERN is not making an anti-matter bomb

Very sensible video until about 6mins in then it starts to fixate on anti-matter, repeatedly saying (accurately) that 1g of antimatter has the energy potential of a nuclear weapon and (also accurately) that CERN has been trying to contain antimatter.

But what is not mentioned (although BFTF did not listed to the entire audio) is that the current state of the art is only able to hold about 40 anti-protons, which is 0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 1 g and according to the IOP it would take around 100 billion years to produce 1 gram of antimatter. ********************************

This is wrong on multiple levels

BFTF has noticed that there is a flurry of conspiracy theories on social media 3-4 days after a terrorist attack. This meme about the same girl being at different terroist attacks is a common one and was circulating a few days after the Paris attacks in Nov 2015. It is debunked at www.snopes.com

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My most favourite conspiracy theory EVER.

Possibly BFTF's most favourite conspiracy type theory ever.

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Microwaves are not particles

Lots of errors and misinformation here. To take one example,the article says "They use electrically generated electromagnetic energy to make super-fast particles". But microwaves aren't particles. The clue is in the name. Here is a paper that talks quite comprehensively about microwave oven leakage and safety

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No, this isn't evidence that ISIS are composed of Non-Muslims

Sigh. Another conspiracy theory. Even the most knuckle dragging EDL supporter knows that Muslims pray towards Mecca, so its unlikely that spies would forget this basic information. There are a number of more plausible explanations for this image. Someone who disliked Muslims might pay BIG TIME for people to generate and forward this kind of image, as it encourages a defeatist attitude and distracts people from issues that they can influence.

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HumzaYusuf is unlikely to have said these words

Circulating posts that appear to come from well known Islamic Scholars, but are actually fake, is something that happens too. In this case the words do not sound like something Humza Yusuf would say.

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