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Started by angelico on Sep 4, 2020 9:12:49 AM
How many of your fb friends support conspiracy theories?

I seemed to have dozens until various culls.

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ReverendBlueJeans - 04 Sep 2020 09:42:04 (#1 of 406)

Only accept boringly grounded people as imaginary friends. If any of them spouted such mince I'd happily vaporise them. I have a sister-in-law who's into all that Maitreya malarkey and she isn't on my friend list.

angelico - 04 Sep 2020 09:47:30 (#2 of 406)

Awaiting the reincarnation of Buddha, eh? Probably better for her than reading the Mail.

Agaliarept - 04 Sep 2020 10:01:45 (#3 of 406)

I saw one woman who I went to school with talking about that QA anon business.

She didn't mention it by name only that she knew for a fact thousands of kids go missing globally that aren't reported on because they are preyed upon by the elite.

A friend of hers chimed in that it's all connected to the government faking the Covid pandemic.

That's about as weird as I've seen it.

Rendered - 04 Sep 2020 10:05:20 (#4 of 406)

Yeah, I've deleted Facebook.

ReverendBlueJeans - 04 Sep 2020 10:09:54 (#5 of 406)

I genuinely don't see much of that kind of thing on FB. The weird stuff I get is, because I joined a couple of pro-EU groups, I get suggestions to join mad for Brexit groups. I remember also getting suggestions for Orange Lodge groups. That one baffled me.

Sunfish - 04 Sep 2020 10:21:19 (#6 of 406)

I get a lot of Corbynista / conspiracy / anti-Brexit stuff on mine, usually from the same people. I also follow a Psilocybe Semilanceata Appreciation page, which gives info on where flushes are popping up around the UK. The members of that group all seem far saner.

flowbagging - 04 Sep 2020 10:29:32 (#7 of 406)

I never joined Facebook. Never had friends who'd use it.

fogsake - 04 Sep 2020 10:30:17 (#8 of 406)

Some old acquaintances. I feel a bit sorry for them and click on hide all from who or whatever is generating these things. If they have anything in common it is one or a combination of poor mental health, booze, insecurity or other life complications and not being the most grounded people I know.

TheExcession - 04 Sep 2020 10:34:42 (#9 of 406)

A friend of mine is heavily into UFOs and is always posting stuff about strange lights in the sky etc.

I haven't the heart to point out that he lives under the flight path for Leeds Bradford airport and that the only strange lifeforms aboard those craft are probably heading for a hen party in Malaga.

ReverendBlueJeans - 04 Sep 2020 10:45:58 (#10 of 406)

Scarier than any alien space monsters tbf.

GyratingTrampoline - 04 Sep 2020 10:48:59 (#11 of 406)

I don't use facebook but I have three good friends in real life who between them can be partial to a bit of 9/11 truthiness, vaccine doubting, climate scepticism, manmade covidism and chemtrails. In fact I think these three friends are in general better friends on average than my non-bullshit-partial friends.

fogsake - 04 Sep 2020 10:52:02 (#12 of 406)

Are you partial to these things, GT?

Birds of a feather, as it were.

crackfox - 04 Sep 2020 10:56:39 (#13 of 406)

Not on Facebook but every bloke who's come to do work at my house for the past few weeks seems to have opinions, ie the gardener thought 5G was to blame, the bloke who came to repoint the roof thought it was a Chinese conspiracy.

darkhorse - 04 Sep 2020 10:59:12 (#14 of 406)

I don't get any weird conspiracy or political stuff. At best, the weirdest and nichest political one was the friend who joined the SDP (yes, you heard right), a couple of years ago.

One of my younger relatives posts loads of positive thinking stuff often sourced from one of those culty chain cosmetics selling businesses. But that's not really political. Or somebody else will remind everyone of the value of hemp oil.

mingmong - 04 Sep 2020 11:07:10 (#15 of 406)

One FB of mine gets repeatedly gulled by (usually) RW memes, e.g. pictures showing suppose Syrian refugees burning the union jack, or whatever. Some snidey left-wing person like me then points out (perhaps with reference to snopes.com) the fallacy of the claim made by the meme in question. Said mate then has the good grace to admit his error and laugh at himself. A few weeks later the same thing happens again. He seems to be a particular target for these things, and is presumably listed as a highly gullible, easily-triggered mug on some Cambridge Analytica database

carterbrandon - 04 Sep 2020 11:19:04 (#16 of 406)

Young woman who had four kids in short order. Solicitousness for Littke Smashers in general was the gateway to anti-vax, which led to Gates-hatred, then on to everything else - anti-mask, covid-denial, etc etc. Her most amusing post was the redefinition of 'conspiracy theorist' to 'A person that resarches a subject and then uses logic and critical thinking skills to form an educated opinion instead of just blindly believing whatever they saw on TV'.

So Dunning-Kruger, basically.

bossab2 - 04 Sep 2020 11:21:44 (#17 of 406)

Facebook ?

tasselhoff - 04 Sep 2020 11:23:09 (#18 of 406)

I remember when Echelon was a conspiracy theory. The reality turned out to be far worse.

rejonked - 04 Sep 2020 11:43:46 (#19 of 406)

A few friends, though I have muted them after too many arguments. Plenty on local facebook groups, though generally shouted down. In this area there seem to be two main camps converging - new agey types who have long been into various conspiracies but would previously have thought of themselves as left wing (and often still proclaim as such, while sharing a meme originating with a fascist group) and the blame-muslims-foe-everything patriots.

surferboogiewhatever - 04 Sep 2020 11:46:46 (#20 of 406)

A yoga teacher I know thinks Covid has been vastly exaggerated and anyone who wears a mask has been brainwashed.

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