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Conspiracies Surrounding the Pelosi Attacker, a Rise in Hate Speech on Twitter, and Another Qanon Murder

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband was hit with a hammer by a burglar who also posted right-wing conspiracy theories on his blog. According to a study, hate speech on Twitter increased before Elon Musk acquired the platform. And again another murder has been perpetrated by a proponent of the QAnon hoax.

This week is extremism week. In 2013, David DePape was in Berkeley, California. Police claim they confronted him as he was attacking Nancy Pelosi’s husband, the House Speaker. David DePape, the San Francisco Bay Area man now accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s house last Friday and assaulting Pelosi’s husband, had a blog with hundreds of strange entries, many of which were devoted to contemporary far-right extremist topics and conspiracy theories.

The blog, which has since been deleted, featured a lot of extremely bizarre content. DePape posted images on the website, including a photo of Hilary Clinton as a zombie, and spoke about having a friend who was a wonderful fairy. DePape informed authorities he intended to kidnap Nancy Pelosi.

Despite the seeming randomness, there was a definite theme of far-right propaganda and conspiracy theories throughout DePape’s posts. In addition to ranting about Jews and Black people, he also developed an obsession with the public debates surrounding transgender rights and loud antisemites.

DePape is by no means the most recent person to launch a political attack after becoming lost in online rabbit holes. The most notable incident was in 2019, when Cesar Sayoc sent pipe bombs to a number of important Democrats, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2019, Sayoc received a 20-year jail term.

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter continued to cause controversy. Hate speech on Twitter has increased
Researchers from Montclair State University in New Jersey found that in the days before Elon Musk bought the social media platform last Friday, the number of Tweets advocating racism, antisemitism, and other forms of hate increased.

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The number of times people tweeted using a variety of phrases, such as “Vulgar and unfriendly terms for individuals based on race, religion, ethnicity, and orientation,” was tracked by the researchers. After Musk became CEO, they saw “an immediate, obvious, and significant surge in hate phrases on Twitter.”

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