Poisoned information wells: How impeachment testimony spotlights plague of conspiracy theories, misinformation | Business

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Reading through the transcript on Friday of the testimony from Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former top advisor on Russia, her commentary on our current information environment was striking. Hill spoke about the prevalence of internet conspiracy theories from fringe outlets like InfoWars, how some people who consume such content do happen to believe it, and how it was ultimately affecting United States policy.

None of what she said was new, of course. The Information Wars have been heavily covered for the last several years. But Hill’s personal experience with the ramifications of misinformation and conspiracy theories (she’s been a subject of many herself), in addition to her ability to connect the dots to policy decisions, made her testimony hit home.

“A mishmash of conspiracy…

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