The Persistence of Conspiracy Theories: #Kategate and the Evolving Cycle of False Information

The neverending conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton and cancer

Despite the revelation that Kate Middleton has a tumor, conspiracy theories surrounding her continue to persist. Some internet users have apologized for their past comments about her, but the hashtag #Kategate has seen a surge in mentions, reaching a peak of 400 on platforms like X, Instagram, and TikTok.

A video posted on TikTok, viewed 200,000 times in one day, suggests that the announcement about the future British queen’s illness may have been manipulated using artificial intelligence. The BBC has confirmed the authenticity of the video, stating that Kate was filmed by a crew from the broadcaster.

Professor Quassim Cassam, an expert on conspiracy theories at the University of Warwick, explains that evidence disproving conspiracy theories often fuels them instead. He believes that conspiracy theories persist because evidence is seen as part of the conspiracy, making them hard to stop. Whitney Phillips, an expert on digital platforms and ethics at the University of Oregon, notes that some people spread conspiracy theories for entertainment without regard for the impact on those involved.

Cassam predicts that rumors about Kate Middleton will fade as new conspiracy theories emerge on different topics. The cycle of conspiracy theories constantly evolving and changing subjects contributes to the ongoing dissemination of false information and speculation.

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