When spirituality supports conspiracies

Eva and I have been noting trends of so-called conspirituality since 2020, and finally we have a chance to share what we know on our podcast: Research shows that people who identify as spiritual are disproportionately likely to believe in conspiracy theories. There are several possible explanations for this — spiritual people tend to look for links and bonds everywhere …

Pandemic has revealed vulnerabilities in Baltic States’ combat against disinformation

The Baltic States have set up systems to identify, monitor and confront disinformation linked to Russia. But the uptake of COVID conspiracies show that disinformation actors exploit vulnerabilities in our societies. After all, as discussed in the previous blog post on, conspiracists hitch multiple ideologies onto the first one they manage to push through. Listen to our podcast featuring disinformation …

Interview with a Swedish journalist who infiltrated the antivaxx movement

Ever since a speaker at Dataharvest mentioned the SVT team’s investigation into the anti-vaccination movement, I wanted to interview someone from this team and ask what it was like. The Swedish team started their investigation at a similar time as Eva and I started ours, but instead of spreading wide in Europe they traced influences all the way to US …

Is that post you saw misinformation or disinformation?

Both disinformation and misinformation mix facts with distortions and/ or falsehoods. Disinformation is intentional. But how do we know that when looking at a specific post on social networks? Eva and I try to unpack the terminology in our latest podcast episode. Disinformation is often systematic and sustained over time. And when its spreaders are faced with debunks, they never …

Misinformation and disinformation: what’s in it for spreaders?

Since my colleague Eva and I started our project on anti-vaccination movements, reading about the topic has often led us to academic and media articles on misinformation or disinformation. The distinction between the two is not always clear, but it is based on intent. Disinformation is defined as intentional efforts to mislead people in order to sow distrust and chaos. …