A Cambridge University doctor and his team of researchers have conducted studies which suggest that one in eight of the UK population believe in conspiracies such as the New World Order and 5G towers being used to control society.
Dr. Sander Van Der Linden of Cambridge University published his results in the Royal Society Open Science journal after surveying more than 2,000 UK nationals whether they believed in such theories such as vaccines and 5G towers being used to ‘cull the population’.
“Certain misinformation claims are consistently seen as reliable by substantial sections of the public,” said Dr van der Linder, who co-authored the survey into the journal.
“We find a clear link between believing coronavirus conspiracies and hesitancy around any future vaccine.”
The link, which has been posted above and includes Dr Van Der Linden’s article, explains that misinformation – mostly around the Covid-19 virus – is a ‘danger to society.’
The Federal Bureau of Investigation even called conspiracy theorists such as QAnon ‘domestic terrorists.’
The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to condemn the online conspiracy movement QAnon, which is said to be a ‘military operation’ to keep the general public updated in the bringing down of the elitist cabal which makes up numerous corrupt politicans, the mafia and even the Queen of England and the Pope.
QAnon has apparently told listeners that there is a ‘secret war’ against them and the reason for the worldwide lockdown in places such as Italy and England were to oust the Pope from the Vatican and the Queen from Buckingham Palace.
Whether these are true or not, time will tell. However, the mainstream media and institutions such as the FBI have sought to condemn the movement as ‘fanatical nonsense’ with ‘zero basis.’
Dr. Sander Van Der Linden’s survey goes on to say that it is mostly the younger demographic which believe in theories whilst the older generation do not.
Also, those who get their information from online sources such as Youtube will more likely believe such conspiracies whilst those who get their information from more mainstream news will not believe in conspiracy theories.
‘We present the results of an international study, integrating previous research about predictors of belief in misinformation (both in general and specifically about COVID-19), and, in turn, how susceptibility to misinformation about the virus affects key self-reported health behaviours,’ Dr Van Der Linden writes.
‘In summary, while belief in misinformation about COVID-19 is not held by a majority of people in any country that we examined, specific misinformation claims are consistently deemed reliable by a substantial segment of the public and pose a potential risk to public health.
‘Crucially, we demonstrate a clear link, replicated internationally, between susceptibility to misinformation and vaccine hesitancy and a reduced likelihood of complying with public health guidance.
‘We highlight the key role that scientists play as disseminators of factual and reliable information, as well as the potential importance of fostering numeracy and critical thinking skills as a way to reduce susceptibility to misinformation.
‘Further research should explore how digital media and risk literacy interventions may impact how (mis)information is received, processed and shared, and how they can be leveraged to improve resilience against misinformation on a societal level.’
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