Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The conspiracy theory, which was pushed in a text message sent by the Trump campaign after it went viral on Facebook and YouTube, claimed that Biden had declined to "undergo inspection for electronic ear pieces before debate."
The earpiece conspiracy theory is an example of what disinformation experts call "trading up the chain," in which the sheer virality of a meme or a conspiracy theory forces mainstream outlets to cover it, giving it a patina of credibility it otherwise would not have.
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