The Impact of Disinformation on Social Media

A report was released by Liberation 75 which found that a third of North American students new very little about the Holocaust, or believed the Shoah was exaggerated. One cause could be that only a few states mandate that the Holocaust be taught in schools, and in Canada, it is not mandated at all. Many students learn about historical events from social media and the internet. The result of disinformation, memes, and conspiracy theories is the lack of knowledge in our youth.

Freedom Convoy Organizers Have Dark Connections

Some of the organizers of the Freedom Convoy, or the trucker protest in Ottawa, have a history of connections to right-wing extremism and white nationalism. One of the organizers of Unity Canada, Jason LaFace has previous connections to the Soldiers of Odin. Conspiracy theories are an important aspect of this movement and cause harm as they spread across the many social media accounts and channels associated with the protest.

Food Shortages, Truckers, and Disinformation

Joe Paris, a journalist for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and I spoke yesterday about the growing fears of food shortages across Canada instigated by disinformation and conspiracy. This growing fear is an aspect of the current trucker convoy on its way to protest in Ottawa, and serves as a mobilization tool and as a separator between Canadians across the spectrum on vaccination mandates.

While memes and images are shared on social media, the underlying assumption of these images is as a form of fear mongering that can be a catalyst to acceptance on conspiracy theories.

Conference Presentation: “History Repeating: The John Birch Society, Patriot Churches, and Political Social Movements”

I will be presenting my current research on the influence of the John Birch Society on both the Patriot Church movement and the Black Robe Regiment religo-political movements at the the Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, in Irving, Texas.

The conference will be held March 4-6, 2022. For more information about the conference, please click here.

Conference Presentation: “Victimhood and Persecution, the Role of White Nationalists in Canadian Populism.”

I will presenting my research on the role of Christian Persecution and Victimhood as a tool for white nationalists on Twitter to mobilize and recruit at the American Academy of Religion – South West Regional Conference, in Irving, Texas.

The conference is being held on March 4-6, 2022. For more information and to register please click here.

Conference Presentation: The far-right and the ugly side of social media: Dark Participation on BitChute”

Myself and the research team at the Disinformation Project at SFU, will be presenting our research on dark participation/conspiracy theories on BitChute.

Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism: Hating on Social Media Symposium. February 7-10, 2022. For more information or to register click here.

Conference Presentation: Seeping Hate

I will be presenting a video presentation of my recent research into the use of social media, by those who have been deplatformed. While YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have received positive media for deplatforming individuals for violations of hate speech, conspiracy, and racism policies, the deplatformed individuals are easily available on these platforms via their media brands.

Centre on Hate, Bias, and Extremism: Hating on Social Media Symposium. February 7-10, 2022. For more information or to register click here.