Debunking Kate Middleton’s #Kategate: Why Conspiracy Theories Persist Despite Authenticity Confirmation”.

The neverending conspiracy theories surrounding Kate Middleton and cancer

Despite the revelation that Kate Middleton has a tumor, conspiracy theories about her continue to circulate on social media. The hashtag #Kategate has seen a surge in mentions, with over 400 posts on platforms like X, Instagram, and TikTok.

One video on TikTok, viewed by over 200,000 people in one day, suggests that the announcement about the future British queen’s illness may have been manipulated using artificial intelligence. However, the BBC has confirmed the authenticity of the video and stated that it was filmed by their crew.

Professor Quassim Cassam, an expert in conspiracy theories at Warwick University, 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 it difficult to stop them. Whitney Phillips, an expert in digital platforms and ethics at Oregon University agrees and notes that some people spread conspiracy theories for entertainment without regard for how they impact those involved.

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

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