UFO sightings and the Illuminati? Study finds conspiracy theorists surprisingly ordinary

Dr Klein said: “For example, Reddit attracted a whole new set of users following the election of US President Donald Trump.

“He also generates quite a lot of in-fighting amongst users.

“This is what makes it such a great way to study social dynamics.”

Dr Klein’s study also looked at how people are drawn to post on conspiracy forums in the first place.

Being able to find likeminded individuals on the internet has helped conspiracists congregate on forums.

But online conspiracists will also actively seek out others to share their theories about the world.

Dr Klein said: “We followed people who started using Reddit and posted for about six months before they ended up on r/conspiracy.


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