How to best discuss with conspiracy believers


One aspect that conspiracy believers often bring up is alleged censorship. What does it mean now when Donald Trump is banned from social media platforms or someone like the controversial pop singer Michael Wendler is cut out of a TV program – isn’t that grist to the mill of conspiracy believers?

That is a victim role that one puts oneself into.  The  problem is, conspirators sometimes say so bad things that you have to step in. For example, when calls for violence, malicious claims or dangerous health tips are spread, such as drinking bleach. In the conspiracy scene, of course, every reaction you set is taken as evidence that the great conspiracy is taking place. Nor can one prevent actions from being reinterpreted. You can only make it as understandable as possible for those who read along, who are not taken with the story, and who thereby notice: Okay, you probably shouldn’t recommend people to drink disinfectants. On the other hand, if you don’t intervene, you may leave things behind that are dangerous.

If these people then move to other platforms, don’t you lose the opportunity for dialogue?

© The re are good and bad sides to this. If particularly nasty conspiracy groups like QAnon are excluded, the good news is that they can no longer grow as easily. Because Facebook and YouTube are very important for the growth of a conspiracy scene and if they are locked out of there, they can no longer find new followers so easily. © The  bad thing is that they are then in their closed groups, e.g. B. are on Telegram and there is actually the risk that they push themselves even more because they see a lot of encouragement and no contradiction. © The re is no really good solution. But I don’t think the answer lies purely in the digital world, but I hope that these people may still have friends or family members offline who notice this and try to work on a personal level.

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