Kategate: How Conspiracy Theories Surface After Fact-Checking and the Cycle of False Information Continues

The neverending conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton and cancer

Kate Middleton’s recent revelation that she has a tumor has sparked renewed conspiracy theories on the internet, despite some users expressing regret for their past comments. The hashtag #Kategate has seen an increase in mentions, with more activity on platforms such as X, Instagram, and TikTok. A viral TikTok video suggests that the announcement about the future British queen’s illness may have been manipulated, potentially using artificial intelligence. The BBC has confirmed the authenticity of the video, stating that it 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 difficult to stop. Meanwhile, 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 those involved.

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

Kate Middleton’s recent revelation that she has a tumor has sparked renewed conspiracy theories on the internet, despite some users expressing regret for their past comments. The hashtag #Kategate has seen an increase in mentions, with more activity on platforms such as X, Instagram, and TikTok. A viral TikTok video suggests that the announcement about…

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