Conspiracy theories about Soros on the rise in the United States

Conspiracy Theories About Soros On The Rise In The United States

They say he hires protesters and rents buses to transport them. Some report that they have people hiding stacks of bricks to throw against windows or the police.

George Soros, the billionaire investor and philanthropist who has long been the subject of conspiracy theories, is now being falsely accused of orchestrating and financing protests over the murders of black people that have rocked the United States. Internet postings about Soros, which are broadcast by a growing number of far-right people, including some Republican leaders, have skyrocketed in recent weeks.

They have been accompanied by advertising acquired by conservative groups to ask the authorities “to investigate George Soros for financing internal terrorism and for his decades of corruption.”

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Soros, 89, has donated billions of dollars of his personal assets to liberal and anti-authoritarian causes worldwide; This makes him the favorite target of many on the right. The Hungarian-American, who is Jewish, has also been the subject of anti-Semitic attacks and conspiracy theories for decades.

Those farces can now go further and faster with social media.

In a matter of four days in late May, negative posts about Soros on Twitter rose from 20,000 to more than 500,000 daily, according to an analysis by the Anti-Defamation League.

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London think tank focused on extremism and polarization, found a much more pronounced rise on Facebook, where there were 68,746 mentions of Soros in May. His previous record of 38,326 mentions was set in October 2018, on the grounds that he aided migrant caravans heading to the United States.

The new wave began when nationwide protests erupted over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police. Some insist that Soros funded the protests, while others argue that he colluded with police to fake Floyd’s death last month. But the available evidence indicates that the protests are what they appear to be: congregations of thousands of Americans upset by police brutality and racial injustice.

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