The New York Times has identified the latest culprit that’s to blame for the egregious spread of online “misinformation.”
Yes, really, cat videos – and GIFs.
In an article titled ‘Those Cute Cats Online? They Help Spread Misinformation’, reporter Davey Alba claimed “videos and GIFs of cute animals — usually cats” were being used by “people and organizations peddling false information online.”
Videos and GIFs of cute animals — usually cats — have gone viral for almost as long as the internet has been around.— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 1, 2021
But now this trick for building audiences is being used by people and organizations peddling misinformation, researchers say. https://t.co/xw7MqEaSz1
The article complains that news outlets like the Western Journal and the Epoch Times have weaponized cute kitties to bait traffic, which then filters through to their website and the dreaded “misinformation,” which at this point means anything that the mainstream media doesn’t like.
The Epoch Times has apparently featured cute animals in 12,062 social media posts across 103 Facebook pages, posts which include links to their political content.
Respondents found the NY Times article hilarious, with one commenting, “They seem to think it’s some sinister conspiracy when in reality it’s just people with broad interests who like nice things.”
Indeed, it’s quite funny that the same outlets who express such doomsday hysteria over ‘conspiracy theories’ routinely dream up the most absurd conspiracy theories of their own.
“We are almost at the end of the game,” remarked Dave Rubin.
We are almost at the end of the game. pic.twitter.com/oIRNNYNKtn— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 1, 2021
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