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Trump Pushes Fringe Beliefs Mainstream

Aug 25, 2020

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The big picture: The coronavirus “infodemic” that has flooded the internet with misinformation and conspiracy theories has worn down people’s already faltering trust in institutions, making it easier for fringe ideas spread by the president to go viral ahead of the election.

Where it stands: “Long-term trends about how fast fringe information moves into the mainstream have accelerated” says Jonathon Morgan, CEO of Yonder, an artificial intelligence startup that monitors mis- and disinformation.

“This is a moment we’ve been building to for over a decade. But what we thought might unfold over the next 5–10 years, we’re actually seeing unfold over a matter of months,” Morgan says.

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