Facebook group a study in paranoia

The paranoia of the conspiracy-minded is something of a truism, but it can still be slightly shocking to witness in real time. On Friday, while we were waiting for word of the outcome of Jake Clarke’s court appearance, we were treated to an amazing display of paranoid over-reaction in a small, little-known Facebook group, with…

Angela’s very bad week

We think it’s fair to say that Angela Power-Disney has had a difficult week so far. Late last week, she published a couple of very nasty and defamatory videos on her Angie Power-Disney YouTube channel (she has two: “Angie” and “Angela”), full of bizarre and defamatory claims about people who she and Hoaxgirl (who seems…

EU pressure mounts on social media giants to remove illegal material

Facing growing concern about the destructive impact of “fake news”, internet giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google joined more than 20 tech firms at a series of meetings in Brussels over the past week. On 9 January, five European Commissioners, including those in charge of home affairs, justice, and digital legislation, attended a meeting with CEOs…

What’s eating Deborah Mahmoudieh?

Something peculiar is going on with Deborah Mahmoudieh. As our faithful correspondent Moosnight pointed out yesterday morning, she’d posted this enigmatic message late Sunday night: I’ve been ‘very quiet this week’ state Hoaxtead sock-puppets on Ken O’Keefe’s video beneath my comment. The calm before the storm drears (sic, but nice touch) = DOOM TO SATANIC…

EXCLUSIVE: Rupert’s squandered interview opportunity

Just when we think it’s all been said about Rupert—every facet of his role in the Hampstead SRA hoax explored, every piece of seemingly inexplicable behaviour accounted for—another titbit turns up in our email inbox. This time it’s a series of screenshots, documenting a September 2016 Facebook conversation between Rupert and an unknown individual. This…