The Top 10 Social Media Conspiracies Today

May 23, 2024
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WARNING: These are all THEORIES pulled from around the internet, colleagues, and deep searches. Head to the bottom of the page to tell us your theories for the next Social Media Sucks Podcast! 

Introduction

It's time to dive deep into the rabbit hole as we unravel the intriguing web of social media conspiracies that captivate minds across the globe.

From hidden agendas to secret societies, get ready for a thought-provoking journey through the top 10 social media conspiracies of our time.

Strap in and hold on tight, because some of this stuff is wild.

Some of it makes sense...

What is a Social Media Conspiracy?

A social media conspiracy is an alternative narrative that challenges the official version of events, questioning the motives of powerful institutions and individuals.

Whether it's secret government experiments, world-altering cover-ups, or even shape-shifting reptilian overlords, social media conspiracies have a knack for blending the bizarre with the plausible.

The Impact of Social Media Conspiracies on Society

The influence of social media conspiracies on society cannot be underestimated.

They have the power to shape public opinion, sway elections, and even incite real-world action.

It's a double-edged sword, as these conspiracies can spark necessary discussions about transparency and accountability, but they can also stoke fear, division, and misinformation.

It's a reminder that in the realm of social media conspiracies, discernment and critical thinking are essential to navigate the stormy seas of information overload.

The Rise of Social Media Conspiracies

With the advent of technology, social media conspiracies have found fertile ground to flourish and spread like wildfire.

The interconnected nature of our digital lives has given rise to a perfect storm, where facts, half-truths, and outright fabrications intermingle.

The Role of Technology in Spreading Conspiracies

Technology has become both a catalyst and an accomplice, propelling the dissemination of social media conspiracies to unprecedented levels.

Information can now travel at the speed of light, hurtling through interconnected networks with unparalleled efficiency.

With a simple click of a share button, an innocent user unwittingly becomes a conspirator, contributing to the rapid spread of a tantalizing theory.

But what are the consequences of this rapid dissemination?

The impact of social media conspiracies can be far-reaching, affecting not only individuals but also entire communities and even nations.

Misinformation can lead to widespread panic, mistrust, and the erosion of social cohesion.

It is a double-edged sword, capable of both uniting and dividing.

Detailed Look at the Top 10 Social Media Conspiracies

Now that we've set the stage, let's take a closer look at the top 10 social media conspiracies that we found around the world.

Conspiracy 1: Predictive Programming

We might want to just call this the Simpson's Theory, yeah? 

It's the thought that we've been shown so much fictional media, that we're basically numb to the things that come out because we've already seen them.

It's a form of brainwashing, really, making us accept events from September 11th attacks to COVID, and Trump as president.

And it's being led on social media right now.

Conspiracy 2: Dead Internet Theory

This theory is basically that the internet is completely populated by bots and procedurally generated content.

Procedural generation has been recently popularized by the largest video game in history, called No Man's Sky, with 18 quintillion planets across entire galaxies which can be explored.

It also means that the social media platform of choice could just be a copy of a copy of a copy.

Is this writing even real? 

Is that what AI writing is?

Welp...

Conspiracy 3: Phone Tap Theory

All social media platforms are listening to your conversations and then using that information to market to you.

If you say it near your phone, it's fair game.

Maybe not fair, but it's hap

Conspiracy 4: Zuckerberg & the Illuminati

This one was just shared with us... not sure what to think of it, but here it is.

Mark Zuckerberg is actually a robot controlled by the Illuminati.

This video was included in the theory.

Conspiracy 5: The Algorithm Knows ALL

Some believe that the algorithm knows you better than you know yourself and we're already living in the metaverse.

Do you like that? 

The algorithm knows the truth.

Conspiracy 6: Controlling Narratives

The platforms, algorithms, and federal government are creating filter bubbles and echo chambers to serve and limit existing beliefs.

AKA, they're controlling the narrative of what people think for money/power/etc.

Conspiracy 7: TikTok is Scanning Expressions

This theory is all about keeping you on the app as long as possible.

With eye tracking and facial expressions, the app can tell what you like, what expression the content has created in you, and how to keep you watching.

Want sad content? Delivered.

Happy content? Done.

Angry? Motivating? Anything that will keep you scrolling.

Conspiracy 8: Food Industry Influencers

Two major food and beverage industry groups have been paying dietitian influencers across social media to promote artificial sweeteners and sugary foods.

If it's coming from a dietician it has to be true, right? 

Maybe not?

Conspiracy 9: LifeLog - Facebook Surveillance Programs

Several controversial post-9/11 military surveillance programs built digital records of everything individuals said or did online.

Facebook was being used to identify and target domestic dissent.

Conspiracy 10: TikTok Browser Tracks Keystrokes

That's right.

The web browser within the program can track all keystrokes made by users.

Everything from passwords to credit card numbers.

There You Have It

The top 10 social media conspiracies exploring a tapestry of mystery, intrigue, and countless unanswered questions.

As we journeyed through it all we discovered the power of social media to shape our perceptions and influence our worldview.

That being said, these are only a few of the social media conspiracies that we've found.

For the next Social Media Sucks Podcast, we want to report back on even more! 

Head to the website and tell us (anonymously if you want) your favorite social media conspiracy theories, now! 

You might even end up on the podcast with us! 

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Adam Inocco
Writer