The neverending conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton and cancer
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Kate Middleton’s Cancer Diagnosis Sparks New Wave of Conspiracy Theories on Social Media

The recent revelation that Kate Middleton has a tumor has not put an end to conspiracy theories surrounding her. In fact, the #Kategate hashtag has seen a surge in mentions, with more activity on platforms like X, Instagram, and TikTok.

A video posted on TikTok, viewed 200 thousand times in one day, suggests that the announcement about the future British queen’s illness may have been manipulated, potentially using artificial intelligence. Despite the BBC confirming the authenticity of the video, stating that Kate was filmed by a crew from the broadcaster, some users on the internet continue to spread conspiracy theories about her.

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 hard 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 the impact on those involved.

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

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