We’re investigating the impact of online conspiracies on Canadians so we can better understand the root causes fuelling them
Do you have a friend or family member who has changed in dramatic ways as a result of the conspiratorial content they’re consuming online?
The violent insurrection at the US Capitol last week that sought to overturn the results of a democratic election has turned the public spotlight back onto the issues of online conspiracies and right-wing extremism.
There has already been a sharp rise in conspiracies linked to the COVID-19 pandemic and things like public health restrictions, vaccines and 5G cell phone towers — QAnon groups have also reportedly grown by 500% during the pandemic.
We want to better understand the root causes that lead some Canadians astray, that’s we want to hear your first-hand stories:
- When did you first notice your friend or family member had become obsessed with online conspiracies?
- Where do they get their information from and what kinds of media do they typically consume?
- What were they like before they changed? How has their relationships with friends and family changed?
Please fill out this form. We’d like to hear from you.