Should people who purposefully spread false conspiracy theories face consequences?

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There are many ways people can spread conspiracy theories - as we learnt in this Headline's Learning Zone.

What about those who spread false conspiracy theories on purpose? Should they face consequences?

If so, what should happen?

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  • British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Sep 2021

    From my point of view, I think that spreading rumors and conspiracy theories should be punished
    Because they cause people to fall into mistakes and stir up sedition, hatred and religious, political and social conflicts
    This means that we should not believe everything we read and hear, and if it seems to you that the words are contrary to logic or fabricated, your sense may be right. Being aware of the conspiracy theories circulating around the world can help you spot them and prevent their spread

    1. British Council.jpg believable_queen | Futures Hurghada Language School | Egypt
      insightful_starfish's comment 27 Sep 2021

      I totally agree with you. It's popular and most likely thing to spread rumours and conspiracy theories these days.

    2. British Council.jpg bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
      insightful_starfish's comment 30 Sep 2021

      But dear friend, what if the person was compelled by superiors or a dictator who pays them or threats them? What if a person was threatened that if he doesn't spread conspiracy, he will be punished, his family will be harmed? The world at times is really cruel. Don't you think it will be unfair for them? For those people who were compelled to do something they didn't want? Shall they be punished severely as well?

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        bright_grape's comment 30 Sep 2021

        What are your opinions on these questions too, bright_grape?

        1. British Council.jpg bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
          Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 30 Sep 2021

          Sir, my opinion is if someone is found guilty, he or she should be given the floor to explain themselves regarding what really happened. People are mainly punished seeing the outer evidences and layers, but the internal matters are always overlooked. Proper and effective investigation should be done at first and then we must go to a conclusion and punishment shouldn't be given which are unjustified.

      2. British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        bright_grape's comment 30 Sep 2021

        Well, let me ask you a question: If you were threatened, would you agree to publish
        Conspiracies that may threaten the lives of many?!!! Who would you choose, yourself or people!?
        Let us look at it from another perspective. People are often free to choose unless they are threatened. Therefore, decisions must be taken that may be difficult for us and harmful to ourselves, but it will save many lives. For example, as you said, to be forced by your subordinates. My answer is, and if I am that person, then I I will choose what my conscience and morals dictate and quit my job. It is true that I lost my job, but in return I have saved millions of lives (especially if it was conspiracies that threaten people's lives in politics and health, such as vaccinations)So, if you were to choose your work and spread these conspiracies, then you are selfish. You choose your future and your security and the security of your family and threaten the security of other people. What would you feel if you chose this option?! Is it okay to preserve your life in exchange for the lives of others?!!!

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          insightful_starfish's comment 01 Oct 2021

          Do you think every person who shares a conspiracy theory is forced to do so?

          1. British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Oct 2021

            No, I don't thought that .
            Because in a general way there's two kind of Two types of people who post
            Conspiracy theories, intentionally or unintentionally. Spreading rumors intended to threaten social security aims to influence the performance of state institutions and waste their efforts and abuse them at all levels and create a crisis of confidence in society. As for the other type, which is spread unintentionally and the reason for this is due to the ignorance of the recipient and this usually reaches a large segment of society They are a tool of the aforementioned type, both of which are dangerous. The first type must be fought and the second type raised, in order to achieve media security, which in turn is reflected in the achievement of social security

      3. British Council.jpg balanced_situation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        bright_grape's comment 03 Nov 2021

        Yes, I agree with you, but let's look on the other hand. Is it necessary for those who publish about this to bear this? Reputation and reputation is the work of the person. Do you bear that your reputation falls on the ground? Is that fair? It is the reputation that it is the source of livelihood. Millions of followers, and YouTube gives money on the number of views. Perfect. Let’s assume that a person, as you say, is threatened by his superiors, as you say, and he fabricates a lie on YouTube, a dirty lie, and people withdraw from all his social pages, and he has no source of money, meaning livelihood. Isn’t the one who created the rumor unjust because he cut off anyone’s livelihood? This is also fair. Please answer me. Is this fair? This is not fair and not logical. For this reason, I must not make rumors. Also, I want to inform you that there is no group that forces anyone to do this. I say this from my opinion, but there are forms of fabricating a rumor to increase followers. This is an opinion

        1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
          balanced_situation's comment 03 Nov 2021

          Well done for being open-minded and giving the other side of the argument.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Sep 2021

    Yes ,they must face the consequences

    1. Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg composed_donkey | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
      aware_painting's comment 24 Nov 2021

      I agree with this statement. I agree with this because people can't be spreading their thoughts when they are most likely to be not real or mean! People need to be held accountable because spreading false information that can effects others.

  • British Council.jpg faithful_aspect | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    24 Sep 2021

    The proverb says
    Security of punishment offended literature
    Therefore, deterrent and strict laws must be put in place and punished so that they can be an example to others

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_queen | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    25 Sep 2021

    It is my belief that people who know the information that they are spreading is not factually correct, but still do it should have to face the consequences. This is because they are letting people who may be more susceptible, believe these things and then spread this misinformation not knowing any better and due to this they could end up causing unnecessary harm to themselves and/or others. Similarly with people who spread misinformation who know it may be incorrect, but aren't sure, they are at fault as they did not bother to check . But a person who spreads false information, but don't know that it is or may be incorrect is not at fault as they are oblivious .

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      easygoing_queen's comment 27 Sep 2021

      What kind of consequences should the first group face?

      1. Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_queen | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 27 Sep 2021

        I think that actual punishment will be harder than it seem , as finding the person who originally spread the conspiracy theory , especially if it's quite a popular one . You would have to trace it through everyone to get to the originator and people may lie about where they heard it . Also, it is quite difficult to find a fair punishment depending on the content the appropriate consequences would be hard to find . But, perhaps for an extremely harmful theory a sentence like 1-3 years in prison , which may seem harsh, but it may be a life destroying, dangerous thing . And for a small, theory probably would get 1-2 weeks community service or something similar as it isn't quite as bad as an extreme theory .

    2. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
      easygoing_queen's comment 15 Dec 2021

      I think this is a really interesting point, easygoing_queen. The fact that most rumours have only a trace of truth is a really important point. It becomes a mass lie which could affect people's lives all over the world especially if the comment is against a certain group of people or culture.

  • British Council.jpg determined_deer | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Sep 2021

    Yes, the punishment should be imposed on those who spread conspiracy theories on purpose, because if these rumors spread in society, they will weaken society and disintegrate it between supporters and opponents of these theories. It would spread panic in the hearts of citizens, which leads them to cling to any information even if it is incorrect, and there are also rumors that I can circulate against economic institutions, hotels or shops that could harm the economy of the country, so the punishment should be a deterrent to anyone who thinks about promoting rumors and conspiracy theories .

  • British Council.jpg joyful_groundhog | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    25 Sep 2021

    Someone, who willingly spread the conspiracy theories in order to cause trouble for others should rightly be punished. If the theories and misconceptions are spread via social media, the social media authority must take legal measures to stop them. Information is the basis of this 21st century. The world is growing smaller everyday becoming a global village and thus the false information can now spread faster than air. All these new problems must be dealt with new solutions.

  • British Council.jpg smart_glacier | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Sep 2021

    Strict laws must be put in place to prevent the dissemination of information from unreliable sources and to punish rumor mongers. On the other hand, when the information is true and publishes facts, journalists must be rewarded and appropriate incentives given to them. But if their goal is to publish false information with the aim of gaining profits or disrupting companies, they must be punished legally.

  • British Council.jpg rhetorical_engineer | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    26 Sep 2021

    I think sending and spreading conspiracy theories should be treated as any other crime , as it is actually a serious problem .
    For example , when someone hurts another person ( a politician , a businessman , a celebrity,...) on purpose, when he shares a conspiracy theory , he should face the consequences, and get justice apllied on him .
    But we could tolerate and accept any shared opinion, that is just interesting , funny, and not meant to unfame others .

    1. Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
      rhetorical_engineer's comment 15 Dec 2021

      I love your ideas rhetorical_engineer. Do you believe that those who attack and persecute comments are sacrificing their morals for a digital world?

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        encouraging_elderberry's comment 15 Dec 2021

        A great question , encouraging_elderberry!

  • British Council.jpg bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    26 Sep 2021

    Yes they should face consequences since they are defaming others without any cause and reason and they are spreading false propaganda.
    In China, there was this journalist who said that there might be a zombie virus outbreak and as a result many started preparing for that outbreak, many wasted their money, energy, time and resources. Everyone started freaking out.
    Spreading misinformation should be handled by the people as well as the authorized people and after proper validation, they should be fined and punished according to the severity.

  • British Council.jpg lovely_moth | El Rafie A | Egypt
    26 Sep 2021

    I agree 👍

  • British Council.jpg excellent_snow | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Sep 2021

    Yes, they should be punished for spreading false information and conspiracies that lead to quarrels in the community and leave them and their lack of love for each other.

  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Sep 2021

    From my point of view, these people should be punished severely, don't you see the negative effects that these people cause to society???? of these effects
    1 Spreading false ideas and conspiracies, and this encourages the building of a society full of lies and deceit

    2 The spread of this phenomenon in society and among people, and this helps to build a society capable of circulating these rumors and conspiracies, believing them and denying the truth.

    3 creates big problems between this society full of conspiracies and global societies with correct and accurate information

    4 Establishing a new generation of children and youth who are convinced of these conspiracies and cannot accept correct information. Thus, countries will not be able to advance themselves in the future.

    And with this, the reader, you see some of the negative effects of these people, and you see why they should not remain unpunished and they should be punished so that they can be a lesson to others in not circulating these conspiracies because they are the spark of the spread of corruption and lies in society and the beginning of the destruction and downfall of the state

  • British Council.jpg brave_impression | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    26 Sep 2021

    I strongly believe that those who create and spread false conspiracy theories on purpose should be punished because conspiracy theories may have negative consequences. For example, a person who believes that there are secret plots in coronavirus vaccines, will not get vaccinated and he can put his life under threat or lose one of his family members or his friends… just because there are people who share false conspiracy theories on social media,TV, or in newspapers …
    What makes things worse is that they share these conspiracy theories just for their hidden purposes. For example, these can be journalists just looking for money or any other people looking for the buzz, politicians wanting to get rid of their opponents,.... For that , people who plot or facilitate the spread of these false conspiracy theories should face the consequences of hurting others and should be severely punished.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      brave_impression's comment 27 Sep 2021

      Thank you for giving so many developed reasons here. What should be a punishment for someone who deliberately spreads false conspiracy theories?

      1. British Council.jpg brave_impression | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Sep 2021

        I think the appropriate punishment for those who deliberately spread false conspiracy theories should be
        community service. For example, a person who shares these false conspiracy theories on purpose, will pick up the garbage from the streets for a year or a few months.

    2. British Council.jpg elated_ladder | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
      brave_impression's comment 28 Sep 2021

      I really support your idea. But do you really think it should be always punishment? And what type of punishment do you mean? Can you give some examples?

      I agree that punishment can be a very good option for the people who spread such conspiracy theories. But I also think that the punishment methods can differ a lot.
      Punishments shouldn't be such that take away the freedom of speech of a person, the right to move freely or even live. For minor issues, the journalist should be motivated and brainwashed in such a way that he/she will be more engaged in doing the right thing.
      For example, rating system can be a good method. Currently, from hotel to supermarket, everything is based on this point or rating system. Journalists can also have a rating or points. If the journalist is categorised in this system, then he/she won't be involved with conspiracy theories out of fear of getting a bad rating or losing points.
      Another method might be rewarding. People are more inspired to do good work in the hope of getting reward; this is more effective than giving punishments. If good journalists are awarded with fancy titles and awards from the government, then more journalists would be demotivated in engaging in a conspiracy theory.
      And the most popular method to fight against a conspiracy theory might be taking direct social and public actions. It is also the duty of the citizens and society to eradicate such misconceptions. It can also more effective than that of the government taking actions. Journalists do these conspiracy theories in order to change the mind of the people. But if journalists get a opposition wave from the general public, they won't be very keen to do such work. General public can do various things to stop conspiracy theories. For example: writing short magazine articles against it, creating short campaigns and celebrating 'News Conspiracy Theory Free' day.
      By the above mentioned ways, I believe we can minimise the issue. So, do you agree with me or not? And was this helpful? Let me know!

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        elated_ladder's comment 28 Sep 2021

        Three very strong arguments which suggest that punishment may not be the way forward and alternatives could be better. I wonder what others think of this?

        1. British Council.jpg affectionate_hippopotamus | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
          Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Sep 2021

          i think both of the ways should be implemented.because if there is no punishment then people wont be afraid to spraed conspiracy theories.and alternatives are a very good way to encourage people to do good things

    3. British Council.jpg exuberant_snow | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      brave_impression's comment 28 Sep 2021

      I wonder why the people of the country are skeptical about the Corona vaccine

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Sep 2021

    Yes, they should be severely punished for spreading false theories, and in the future we will discover them because the news must be true, accurate and severe.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      aware_painting's comment 27 Sep 2021

      Can you say why?

  • British Council.jpg best_blueberry | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Sep 2021

    In the constitution of any country, there are duties, rights and consequences in the law, and the punishment is not limited to any person. Everyone must take false measures to attract people and publish his personal biography that he has an important personality, and this is what happened in the conspiracy to land on the moon. It was a well-planned lie. This country is supposed to Be able to hurt the consequences against these hypocritical liars so that they don't take control of children's futures and convince them of their deepest lies.
    What if this conspiracy spread and they couldn't detect it, how could they then deny it??
    When will the people wake up and stand together to keep this corruption and lies spread away from children because they are the hope of the future? If they do not stand up and do not wake up, they will not achieve scientific or global societies.

  • British Council.jpg precious_tornado | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    27 Sep 2021

    Obviously the people who purposefully spread conspiracy theories should get punished legally.In this developing world every piece of information is spreading fast through social media.Here is also a great chance of spreading rumour and false theories.Which further creates confusion,misunderstanding,scarcity, superstition among general people.So,I think Authority should punish the people who spread false concipary theories and they should get consequences.

  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    Of course ,people who spread such things must be punished .we could stop the spread of conspiracy theories by strengthen resilience and warn our family and friends about conspiracy theories and counter them by using logic and presenting fact -pased explanations

  • British Council.jpg comfortable_bee | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    A recent study by the university of Based revedald Swiss German speaking regions and Germany, that 30% from people when they believe Evening in part with rumers Or conspiracy theories
    The same relationship with the covid pandemicl 19 to understand phenomenal ...... The issue was discussed with one ofits social psychology professor...

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    They should be punished for spreading false conspiracies because these false and untrue conspiracies corrupt society

  • British Council.jpg diligent_fern | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    I don't like it because they are not honest at all and the listeners do not hear the true news, and their truth is in their necks / As for the consequences that go with these (rumours) it is imprisonment from 10/15, even if it is for the benefit of the person.❤❤

  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    From time to time there is a new conspiracy theory claiming, for example, that the Earth is flat or that vaccines can turn a human into an ape after a while, and other provocative or interesting ideas. Among the examples of conspiracy theories are the coronavirus vaccine, which they say contains robots that record information
    A claim spread on social media that vaccines developed against Corona contain nanoparticles, which are robots or small computers that can record vital human data.
    But these allegations are unfounded, and there is no technology that allows the introduction of similar software into the human body through a vaccine, and I believe that conspiracy theorists should be punished because they spread false and baseless news, and we can also punish them by deleting their accounts on social media because these People are a great danger to society

  • British Council.jpg magical_revolution | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    In my opinion, those who spread false conspiracies should be punished because they may have negative effects on society. For example, those who say that Corona is a lie and that it is all a game made by the Americans, and so they will be reckless in taking the necessary precautions.

  • British Council.jpg aware_forest | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    The rumor of serious phenomena, and social disasters in human societies, and the seniority of the souls, especially in this time, in which the means of publication and communication has evolved, after rumor makers and limited groups, rumors were issued through news institutions, media platforms, and perhaps centers Research studies, the rumor was enabled to inform the prospects of sight or closer, passing all borders and barriers, and with people's ignorance of rumors, purposes and methods, society sometimes occurs in the brutal net, and deceive the opponents, confidence and convictions established, especially as they issue a Muslim form Scientific, political news, and in their solvent will to plant a general convictions and opinion on a particular case

  • British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    I strongly believe that we should punish the rumor mongers and spreaders of conspiracy theories for what causes harm to people, especially those who believe all rumors of false news and may cause their death.
    For example, conspiracy theories about the Corona vaccine and that it may cause death, which led to the reluctance of many people from taking it, which aggravated the situation and the death of many people.

  • British Council.jpg convivial_vegetable | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    In order to find solutions to confront rumours, one should look into the same areas of growth, such as reducing social inequality and corruption, ensuring an honest press, and sharing power, all of which are useful ways to combat this phenomenon.
    From a psychological point of view, Wagner-Eiger argues that the solution lies in education, in teaching young people to think critically, not to immediately believe and verify information, yes, you may be fascinated by the strange and the unknown, and you may feel fun, but you take a risk - without concrete evidence - to fall into the trap.
    Finally, even if the rumors and conspiracy theories diminish
    On the Internet with the end of the pandemic, “fake news” will remain a huge problem and we will have to confront it for a long time, but it is already being sought to contain it by adopting algorithms or by banning those who spread false rumors on social media.
    Because, as the researcher points out, "it is never good to impose censorship, but if we take the example of Twitter or Facebook, I do not think that it can be said that it is real censorship, because it is private services, and those who are banned can always have the opportunity to move to another site," and stresses that "It's about taking these ideas out of public discourse and putting them back in the way they wereOn it before the advent of the Internet, that is, in the bellies of the books of "New Testament groups" and among specialists in promoting rumors and conspiracy theories..

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Sep 2021

    conspiracy theories have existed throughout history. a lthough they are move popularlin times of crisis the covid_19 pandemic started a new wave of dangerous conspiracy theories that led to the spread of wrong information _ and the intemet has made this easier then erer before conspiracy theories linked to Covid _19 have caused people to distrust each other and lead protests and bad decisions about medical treatment Teachers have reported arise in students believing conspiracy theories and beliere that schools should do move to stopthis

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg independent_hummingbird | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    27 Sep 2021

    Our lives are now focused around using the internet, this now gives people a lot of power to influence others, especially on social media. I think people who deliberately spread false conspiracy theories should be punished, the punishment would depend on the extremity of the conspiracy theory. Some conspiracies could be small and not provoke much attention or reaction, here I think people should be educated about the damage which they could cause (a bit like a speeding course for a drivers). Some conspiracies are a lot more extreme, provoking uncertainty, hate, anger, racism and discrimination. I think these people should be put in prison and given time to reflect on their actions.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      independent_hummingbird's comment 28 Sep 2021

      Should there be programmes of educatin in prison so their theories don't just become even more entrenched?

      1. British Council.jpg comfortable_bee | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Sep 2021

        Christian Jarrett says that life behind bars, if prolonged and harsh, may change the personality of prisoners in a way that hinders their reintegration into society after their release.

      2. British Council.jpg comfortable_bee | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Sep 2021

        They must understand everyone who participates...

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg industrious_hen | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    27 Sep 2021

    I think that everyone should be entitled to their own opinion , but I do see how the government could interpret certain conspiracies as harmful. The youth are perhaps not well developed enough to construct their own opinion, and may blindly follow their parents opinion .This is not to say that young people in school are not intelligent, It is just that they grow up with what they know and if what they know is their parents opinion, then they will most likely believe what their parents think-be it a conspiracy or not. Personally I think that the best way to handle peoples opinions on conspiracy theories is not to harshly judge them for what they believe or punish them for speaking about it,but to provide other sources of information in order to open up their eyes to new thoughts and information.

    Some of the comments on here suggest punishing people for believing conspiracy theories,but I don't think that is a sound way of dealing with it. While this method might work to some degree, it may get people to start saying things like: “The government is trying to silence us!” and therefore may spark more conspiracies than before. In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. I think this means that if you educate a person,it will be more effective than punishing a person for thinking the way they do.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      industrious_hen's comment 28 Sep 2021

      That's a wonderful phrase industrious_hen, thanks for sharing it with us. What should governments do if someone repeatedly fails to learn new lessons and continues to spread false theories?

      1. Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg industrious_hen | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 28 Sep 2021

        Thank you for the compliment!
        I think the government could put people into educational groups and other such things-only resorting to arrest when it goes really far.
        Teaching people will be vastly more effective than putting them into prison:in prison they don't learn what they did wrong,they just know that they get punished for doing it,it may teach people not to spread conspiracies but it equally may increase the rate of them due to people being together in prison.

    2. British Council.jpg elated_ladder | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
      industrious_hen's comment 28 Sep 2021

      Yes, I absolutely agree with you. I believe that conspiracy theorists shouldn't be directly punished for their conduct, but should be guided towards a healthy system of journalism. Everybody's perspectives matter, it is everyone's right to express themselves. Opinion comes first, then comes the justification.

    3. British Council.jpg exuberant_snow | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      industrious_hen's comment 28 Sep 2021

      I agree with you in your opinion, specifically about the children, because children always seek what the god of their parents think, and specifically about something terrible like the Corona virus, so they ask many questions about the subject

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg talkative_squid | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    27 Sep 2021

    In my eyes, yes. If others have PURPOSELY put fake news and conspiracy theories online and included in the news/articles. I strongly believe they should face consequences as they may have quite possibly caused damage or stress to the society by making them stress or worry about something that isn't true, I think it is the right thing to do and makes sense. Surely that could be classed as a crime thus the person should be punished whether they like it or not, after all a crime is a crime. I think it is disgusting how others find it amusing to say false theories that people will then stress about; especially if it is involved with death, injury or illnesses.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg supportive_panther | Boutcher C of E Primary School B | United Kingdom
    28 Sep 2021

    i think it depends on what they have said if they blame boris for covid i think that is up to boris to decide but if worse i think public citizens should be able to decide as if it caused harm i think they should get a punishment as knowone wants to be harmed and i would not like to be harmed by a conspiracy theory as conspiracy theorys aren't proved to be true.

  • British Council.jpg poetic_coconut | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    28 Sep 2021

    Yes, I believe that those who spread false conspiracy theories should face consequences because fake conspiracy theories lead to restlessness among a group of populace. Such as nearly half of all grocery stores in the United States were out of stock of toilet paper for some part of the day on April 19, 2020. The reason that there was no more toilet paper was because of the rumors produced all over social media. Fears of a passible bathroom tissue shortage, which continue in some areas as the result of abnormal buying and hoarding. This miscommunication led to consumers to purchase toilet paper, a commodity that doesn’t really correlate to the virus itself. The conspiracy theory leading to shortage of toilet papers resulted in anxiety to the citizens actually disturbing the overall distribution of an essential commodity, toilet papers making the false conspiracy into a real one. Therefore I believe such people should be brought under correct judgement. Motivation and awareness programs can also lead to a solution to such conspiracies.

    1. British Council.jpg earnest_television | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
      poetic_coconut's comment 30 Sep 2021

      What do you think at what extent conspiracy theories can be controlled by taking legal actions against those who spread false news willingly?

    2. British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      poetic_coconut's comment 28 Oct 2021

      I believe that anyone who deliberately develops and disseminates a false conspiracy theory should be punished, as conspiracy theories can have negative consequences. For example, a person who believes that the coronavirus vaccine has a secret conspiracy may not be vaccinated and may endanger their lives or lose one of their family and friends on social media. Because some people share false conspiracy theories, on TV and in newspapers .and they only share these conspiracy theories for hidden purposes. For example, these are just journalists looking for money, other people looking for topics, politicians who want to get rid of their enemies .for this reason people theory that plans or promotes the spread of these false plots. Should ask for the consequences of hurting others and should be severely punished.

  • British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Sep 2021

    Should those who spread false conspiracies be punished?I think that those who spread false conspiracies should be punished,but from my point of view there are also ways other than punish ment to stop them from spreading false conspiracies. If they do not retreat,they must be penalty. We must try with them by all means,but then we will judge the penalty. I hope it is aconuincing idea.

    1. British Council.jpg active_fact | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      caring_personality's comment 29 Sep 2021

      The people involved in conspiracy theories have different psychological motives, beliefs, and attitudes some of them are illogical, and others are racist, from here we must treat their psyches and problems so that we can dialogue and under stand with them to address their behavioral and psychological errors?
      I think this is the first step to solving this problem?

  • British Council.jpg exuberant_snow | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Sep 2021

    I think that those who spread rumors about the Corona vaccine are spreading this because the vaccine has side effects, most of which are mild or moderate, which go away on their own within a few days, and the Corona vaccine has side effects like any other vaccine, and its effects are not more than a few days, and the Corona vaccine helps us reduce the number of infections With covid 19 and helps to return life as it was I think that we can only get rid of covid 19 through vaccination

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg productive_lobster | Boutcher C of E Primary School B | United Kingdom
    28 Sep 2021

    I think that those who are spreading these conspiracy theories should DEFINETELY be punished and should face consequences for 2 reasons 1: because it is bad and they have NO reason/reasons whatsoever to be spreading false information 2: because in life if you do bad things then you get bad things and the person/people who is/are spreading these rumours, which is pathetic, did a bad thing and like I said if you do bad things in life you get consequences.

  • British Council.jpg comfortable_bee | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Sep 2021

    (Attitudes towards liars in the fled of work.. )
    Deception in the workplace is viewed negatively; lf someone lies, it probably means that they can't do thair job. Doing so may also poison the culture of trust and team spirit . But according too recent study conducted by American researchers Or a particular service and promotion, more than its interest in the first place to satisfy customers and consumers and meet their needs and demands.

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      comfortable_bee's comment 29 Sep 2021

      Could you explain how this links to conspiracy theories, comfortable_bee?

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg supportive_panther | Boutcher C of E Primary School B | United Kingdom
    28 Sep 2021

    if you purposely spread conspiracy theories they could drift people away from the proved facts and not the conspiracy theories therefore people who purposely spread conspiracy theories should be punished but not using harm o threat maybe just a week or month in prison.

  • British Council.jpg trustworthy_planet | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    28 Sep 2021

    Those who spread false information mislead people and sometimes create unnecessary tension and panic. So they deserve punishment to teach them not repeating this alarming act. I propose to judge the accused fairly, and to question them to find out more about these false information networks to easily dismantle them. And if these people make the same mistake again, I propose to temporarily ban them from the Internet to push them permanently stop spreading these lies on social media.

  • British Council.jpg composed_radio | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    29 Sep 2021

    If I am asked from a neutral point of view, I will not hesitate to say that those who spread fake conspiracy theories they do it on purpose. We the general people do not know accurately what are they hiding behind those curtains. Vouching for a concern which relates with larceny of actual info can never be an evince of a noble work.Since in this present world every superpower is on the verge of conquering the throne, so if any false propaganda And yes, Those who are behind of those propagandas they should be brought under jurisdictions of the law. Because of their indecent act of misusing the information to mislead a mass populace they should be facing severe consequences . Only then this world will be free from the curse, ’Debunk Conspiracy Theories’.

  • British Council.jpg admirable_maths | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    29 Sep 2021

    I agree that they must be punished, and though honesty is the common portion to solve this, people shouldn't show over-influenced in that kind of information about any burning issue or question a information or declaration whether it is a conspiracy theories or not more frequently, and thus show the conspiracy theorist the theory is not influenceable among us and that might be a good way to stop conspiracy theories, in addition to if the current problems doesn't get solved further problems will keep increasing.

  • British Council.jpg benevolent_rock | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    29 Sep 2021

    From my point of view those who spread conspiracy theories shouldn't be punished. I know things might sound a bit odd, but yes there is no point of punishing the ones who spread conspiracy theories. We can take jailing as an example here. People are sent to jail to punish for whatever they have done. But still the crime rates doesn't decrease. This is because of the mind-set and curiosity to do forbidden things of general people. So rather than punishing, what we can do is that by taking things in a fun way. This can be done by making funny trolls of the conspiracy theory creators in social media, tease them through daily newspaper comics etc. and taking them to such a step that they will embarrass themselves. And this is when people will be ashamed to do so and thus stop creating conspiracy theories.

    Its not always necessary to do things the rough way, is it?!

  • Bruntcliffe-logo-250x250.jpg diplomatic_avocado | Bruntcliffe Academy | United Kingdom
    29 Sep 2021

    I believe punishment is a vile word to use in this case, but there are the 2 kinds of conspiracy theory people, the kind that do it to seek attention, and the kind who do it because thats what they generally believe. But there is science behind these things, for example, the covid case had these people too, and they thought covid as a hoax which is really selfish! people lose their loved ones, friends, family, yet they are denying science and danger.

  • British Council.jpg active_fact | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Sep 2021

    Conspiracy theories usually spread in societies that suffer from economic and social crises, and conspiracy theories grow like algae on fears anxiety, Uncertainty, and helplessness

  • British Council.jpg balanced_situation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Sep 2021

    Individuals who encounter false information on social media may actively spread it further, by sharing or otherwise engaging with it. Much of the spread of disinformation can thus be attributed to human action. Four studies (total N = 2,634) explored the effect of message attributes (authoritativeness of source, consensus indicators), viewer characteristics (digital literacy, personality, and demographic variables) and their interaction (consistency between message and recipient beliefs) on self-reported likelihood of spreading examples of disinformation. Participants also reported whether they had shared real-world disinformation in the past. Reported likelihood of sharing was not influenced by authoritativeness of the source of the material, nor indicators of how many other people had previously engaged with it. Participants’ level of digital literacy had little effect on their responses. The people reporting the greatest likelihood of sharing disinformation were those who thought it likely to be true, or who had pre-existing attitudes consistent with it. They were likely to have previous familiarity with the materials. Across the four studies, personality (lower Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, higher Extraversion and Neuroticism) and demographic variables (male gender, lower age and lower education) were weakly and inconsistently associated with self-reported likelihood of sharing. These findings have implications for strategies more or less likely to work in countering disinformation in social media.

  • British Council.jpg enthusiastic_piccolo | Lake Bank Pioneer Preparatory | Tunisia
    29 Sep 2021

    In my opinion, it is obvious that people who purposefully spread conspiracy theories should be severely punished. These irresponsible and selfish people usually do these kinds of things for their own interests, (get money, influence… ) and of course the internet makes it much easier for them. In these times, people are unfortunately influenced by what the internet exposes, which means that the majority of people are ready to believe any wide-spread news on social media, especially when we are confronted with unknown topics (like Covid19 vaccines .... ). So, why can't we talk more about this subject, and invite experts on television to raise people’s awareness about the dangers of conspiracy theories on the news? We could also listen to the victims who were badly affected by conspiracy theories. This is very important, in my opinion, so we cannot sit back and do nothing. Finally, I think the ideal punishment for these selfish and irresponsible people is a heavy fine to pay and the amount has to depend on the severity of the matter.

  • British Council.jpg jolly_solution | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I believe those people who are spreading conspiracy theories are doing it for personal benefits. Maybe the theory goes against their belief or if the theory is proven they will be thrown under a difficult situation. Money or public attention may also be what they are after. But whatever their reasoning may be it's not justifiable as it bears a lot of negative consequences like concealing the truth from the people and keeping them under the dark as in present time the influence of the internet is way too much and it is for general people to come to believe in these theories. so these conspirators should obviously be punished but in a systematic way. Punishing right away wont solve the problem before finding out the root cause. Usually these conspiration theories are spread by a huge group. So along with cutting down the branches we need to focus on uprooting the main problems so we can solve the problem from the very root and stop people from being distracted with false theories. We should also raise people's awareness through various media about identifying which news is believable and which one is not

  • British Council.jpg grounded_ibex | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I stand for the motion that conspiracy theorist must face consequences .
    Often times conspiracy theories are not just some simple false news rather can have fatal result . Such as ANTI-VACCIMSM encourages people to refuse modern treatment against fatal diseases which cause unwanted deaths to preventable diseases . The also encourages people to refuse other invention of modern science to help to live better .
    Secondly conspiracy theories often have other purpose such as scamming people to buy fake products , earning profit illegally and creating scandal etc. Those activities are crime in every countries law and each of them have started from conspiracy theorists . So of course they should face punishment .

  • British Council.jpg adept_fact | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    To me the answer is yes and no at the same time depending on the situation. If the result of spreading these conspiracy theories are grave ( like that of the coronavirus vaccine, that made people question their decision and discouraged them taking the vaccine) then they should be severely and openly punished . This will create fear for those who were willing to spread the news and stop them. If the result is minor, then instead of being punished they should be made conscious of their mistake . The reason I am saying this is because people hold grudges for being punished and in the present world of internet, it is not hard for them to create more of these theories and spread them.

  • British Council.jpg champion_plantain | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I think people who spread conspiracy theory should on purpose should be punished. when the vaccine for covid 19 came out a news spread that it has some devastating side effect which made many people not to take the vaccine.As a result many were vulnerable to covid virus.This has put many people in life risk.Putting some ones life in risk knowingly is like trying to kill some one.so we should punish those who spread the conspiracy theory.

  • British Council.jpg congenial_dolphin | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    We may arrange for a "better consequence" for those people. Here by " better consequence" I mean something different. First of all , here it is well narrated that the news are spread "on purpose". Now, punishment might not always be perfect to shift someone's purpose. If someone's ill purpose could be shifted through viewing him the other part of the coin, some other perspectives, something substantial is definitely going to happen and I mean exactly this one as "better consequence".
    If I go deeper, thousands of false conspiracy theories are there, but all of them can strike our attention. The ones who become successful in reaching out millions of people are obviously potential figures. We need to show him, how someone in the other part of the world is suffering for that one piece of false information. And then shifting to the other scene we may show him how powerful his words can be in making the world a better place , how his " purpose" can be shifted to the service of the people, how he can be an advocate of truth and peace. He can perceive how people can become grateful to him for his work.
    so when we will be able to touch the bottom of his desire, he himself can rectify his acts. Thus one can make a change and be a change maker.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      congenial_dolphin's comment 30 Sep 2021

      A very thoughtful approach congenial_dolphin. Who do you think should be responsible for organising these better consequences.

  • British Council.jpg incomparable_queen | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    In my opinion ,it is true that the people who purposely spread false conspiracy theories should be punished . At first let us take the case of COVID-19 pandemic . During this period of time many conspiracy theories were spread and those theories readily worsened the situation during the pandemic .
    But at first before punishing the person who is spreading the false theories he must be confronted properly .Because sometimes people spread the false conspiracy theories to make the authorities fall in a tight situation . and some spread the false theories just to get attention.Rather punishing , their purposes should be found out first and then the procedures should be taken in that aspect . The thing we can do is making them aware about the correct situation and judge their purposes and invest in them for right activities since they are quite charismatic as they are able to convince many people as a whole.

  • British Council.jpg independent_hurricane | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    If i ask myself why those who spread false conspiracy theories shouldn't be punished? then i don't have any better ans for myself.so from my point of view yes they 'SHOULD BE PUNISHED'.because everything has a positive and negative impact.here the positive think is those who are spreading false news are being benefited but the bad part is a big group of people are living in dark just because of them. For example Nicolous Coupernicus said earth moves round the sun and people were in this big misconception over years and years.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      independent_hurricane's comment 30 Sep 2021

      I can see your point, but I think it's important to distinguish between a conspiracy theory and something someone proves through science. Copernicus had evidence for his belief that was ultimately proven to be true.

      1. British Council.jpg bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 30 Sep 2021

        Sir, what if the conspiracy theory is to throw down a dictator or a bad leader from the throne? Is conspiracy always bad? What if the conspiracy can bring betterments to the region where something's being conspired?

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          bright_grape's comment 01 Oct 2021

          This is a great question, bright_grape. I wonder what other people think?

  • British Council.jpg comfortable_bee | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    I will say from the last.. that the moon has many stories also for aliens, evidence and many wonderful scenes. It is not believed that it is a lie because the astronauts have a brave heart

  • British Council.jpg resilient_thought | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I think the people who are spreading the conspiracy theories have their own perspective of everything. And if they are spreading these for their own benefits or personal gains, they may be just saying what they believe.They can say whatever they feel right. I don't think they should get punished for this. Rather I think they should be provided with the right information with some other kind of way or sources. So that they can know and learn what is right and why.

  • British Council.jpg proactive_politics | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I strongly believe that someone who spreads false news on purpose must face consequences. But I also believe that A single type of punishment should not be given to every person caught on this act. They should be arrested and taken under the law and then the rate and severity of their crimes should be measured. Also how much was the effect on people was of the false news they had spread. Based on these factors, I believe the judiciary system of a country should introduce laws for the spread of false news. And the citizens of the country should also be aware of the laws and make others aware so that whenever anyone hears someone spreading some kind of false news and making people fall in dillusion , the aware citizens can report those who spread false news and in this way gradually, the people who spread false news can be taken under the law and penalized according to their actions. Moreover, I believe that they should also be given mental therapies and different sessions of how the false news they spread might even harm their own loved ones someday. And in this way, through proper judiciary system and also by changing their perspectives and thoughts, many crimes and damages caused due to the spread of false news can be reduced.

  • British Council.jpg giving_beaver | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    The people who spread false conspiracy theories should be punished for many reasons I believe. As the are throwing these conspiracies they are ruining ones personal life, reputation even the life they created for own betterment all his life. This is very irrelevent to make a false report a conspiracy. These conspiracy theories doesn't only affect one but also many people related to the news. And living in these present world news spread fast. There is many powerful social media platform like- facebook, instagram or even twitter. News form these places doesn't even take moments to spread. Thus when such things are spreading it creates a hillarious situation among the community especially among the young generation. And without knowing the real news people take different steps and later on when they know about it, it creates a huge difference. A moment of shame, distrust, false comes there. Thus from my perspective, spreading such news is really a big fault. And punishments have to be there included in the law for them because it is creating a big incasuality in the community.

  • British Council.jpg jovial_science | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    According to my view, I think those who create and spread false conspiracy theories on purpose should be punished because like other crimes it is also a heinous act . By spreading false news and rumor, people of a country will be affected badly and in this way the development of a country will be hampered . So I think the selfish and bad people who are spreading false news on purpose the should be punished immedietly and the first punishment for them maybe heavy fine to pay or anything else. In this way he /she can change himself/herself. And if that doesn't work ,more strict steps should be taken for them.

  • British Council.jpg earnest_television | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I think conspiracy theories can be controlled at a great extent by
    1.Bringing those who willingly spread false news, just to create conflicts, under legal judgement.
    2. There are some people who know that they are wrong but still due to their firm belief , they cannot come out of their misconception and spread false news .They should be educated about justifying the news as well as the bad consequences of spreading false news.

  • British Council.jpg enlightened_goji | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I strongly support giving punishment to the people who spread false news as it creates conflicts among people regarding religion, politics, current events etc. But then again there are groups of people who believe false news to be true like the Flat Earth Society.

  • British Council.jpg splendid_power | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    In my opinion yes and no at the same time.I believe those people who are spreading conspiracy theories are doing it for personal benefits. Maybe the theory goes against their belief or if the theory is proven they will be thrown under a difficult situation. Money or public attention may also be what they are after. But whatever their reasoning may be it's not justifiable as it bears a lot of negative consequences like concealing the truth from the people and keeping them under the dark as in present time the influence of the internet is way too much and it is for general people to come to believe in these theories What makes things worse is that they share these conspiracy theories just for their hidden purposes. For example, these can be journalists just looking for money or any other people looking for the buzz, politicians wanting to get rid of their opponents,.... For that , people who plot or facilitate the spread of these false conspiracy theories should face the consequences of hurting others. They should be brought to light and punished severely .

  • British Council.jpg splendid_fruit | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    The conspiracy theory is very dangerous, and this example shows its seriousness and this story is true (Now the phenomenon of the outbreak of the Corona virus is spreading, everyone is afraid for himself and his loved ones, they do not know what to do) Our neighbor is sick. Our neighbor got tired of himself and began to sit down for himselfBecause they were staying away from him after that they announced his death, I was very upset) and when he took the swab (to find out if he was infected or not) did you know that he was not infected with the virus, but with the conspiracies his psyche got tired of the severity of sadness and fear and he died of fear not a disease (Look what the dangerous false conspiracies resulted in).

  • British Council.jpg faithful_aspect | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    This crime developed in our homelands must be controlled and the mechanism that makes us control every user maliciously of information technology must be regulated. The danger lies in the expansion of the social networking sites on which false news and rumours are disseminated and it is difficult to identify the user of the account for not recording valid data that will facilitate access by those entrusted with it."

  • British Council.jpg insightful_starfish | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    Rumors and gossip that explain, increase and amplify, adopting what is known as “conspiracy theory”, ignoring the official sources that explain this event, through official speakers or press conferences, but skeptics, interpretation and rumor enthusiasts broadcast lies to find those who transmit and be influenced by them, through the means of communication Social, without verifying its credibility or realizing the implications it holds for religion and the homeland, especially when it is exploited by the enemies of our dear homeland, a problem of a toxic intellectual danger that threatens society as a whole.
    As spreading rumors and denying official sources is a behavior contrary to noble morals and authentic human values ​​and a historical practice since the creation of man as a form of psychological warfare against the individual and society.
    Contributing to its dissemination is intentional and aware of its goals and has goals in it, or an ignorant person who is not aware of its dangers and harms and unintentionally promotes it in the context of collective thought facilitated by modern social media.
    Therefore, I express an opinion from this point of view, whether the punishment is done or not, taking several things
    First, the seriousness of the news publisher, is it intentional or not?
    Second, how important is the news and does the lives of many people depend on it or not?
    Finally, if it is proven that the dissemination of this conspiracy was with the intention of destroying an institution or a war against a state or a religious war, then the perpetrator is punished with social service and a financial fine is paid so that it is an example to those who beg themselves to do and spread these conspiracies.
    So The information and communication revolution and its tools have contributed to the development of rumors, especially in the era of the Internet and social networking sites that display daily a huge amount of information and news that most of us do not check the validity of its source and do not bother to search for its truth, if we take into account that the fastest societies to believe in rumors are the societies As for the conscious societies, they do not pay attention to rumors, and are keen to take news and follow up on events from their official sources.
    Combating rumors is a national responsibility that the society, individually, groups and various state institutions share, to limit its effects on public life. Media institutions of all kinds have the most important role in assuming their professional and national responsibility in confronting rumors and getting rid of the policy of reacting to rumors spread to the policy of action, and stopping following rumors spread on social media, and communicating with official sources to ensure that the information is correct or not.
    The most important mechanism for confronting rumors is to provide the correct information from its official sources, and the interest of national institutions in everything that is written about them, and to interact with it with all transparency and credibility, because the absence of information creates a fertile environment for the spread of rumors.

    1. British Council.jpg warmhearted_starfish | Asmaa Prep School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      insightful_starfish's comment 01 Oct 2021

      Do you think this applies in our current society?

  • Cheam Fields logo unique_lion | Cheam Fields Primary Academy A | United Kingdom
    01 Oct 2021

    (I am new)
    I think people should get consequences for spreading a false conspiracy theory because if someone said something like, "Soap Bars Have Hidden Cameras In Them!" (it's obviously fake) people will get scared to use them and companies might fail and even go bankrupt. So that is why I think people who spread fake conspiracy theories should get some sort of consequence.

  • British Council.jpg warmhearted_starfish | Asmaa Prep School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    I think that whoever publishes is forced by his superiors, or it is possible that some of those who publish only want to attract people's attention, and the competent authorities are supposed to punish people who publish false and insincere statements

  • British Council.jpg kind_cymbals | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    As human beings, we are created with two ears and one tongue. Before we judge, we must listen. Perhaps these people had a reason to do all this. Usually the punishment comes at the last stage.If their actions are the result of a bad thought that they want to generalize, they must be punished, after making sure, and if there is a reason for them to do so, then the reason must be cut off. We must help them understand the bad consequences of conspiracy theories.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Oct 2021

    I think from my point of view that people who spread conspiracies and false rumors should be punished, and the conspiracies have negative effects on society, including the spread of enmity among people and the spread of hatred and hatred among members of society and corrupt societies, so governments should punish those who spread conspiracies and false rumors

  • British Council.jpg humble_piano | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Oct 2021

    In my view, those who spread false conspiracy theories should be punished. However, they should be given the opportunity to express why they did it, and be asked about the sources they get their news from. The problem might be in the sources. Those journalists, after knowing there mistake, sould educate other journalists of how they can avoid false resources. If a journalist insisted to spread conspiracies he must be punished. The penalty is not necessarily a prisonment or a payment of a fine only. I think that the suitable punishment in this case is depriving this journalist of publishing news for a certain period of time. In my opinion, censoring journalists and news agencies is the best way to prevent them from publishing these conspiracies. I believe in a proverb I once read: 'It is cruelty to the innocent not to punish the guilty.' Governments have to protect innocent people from those who might hurt them.

  • British Council.jpg glad_camel | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    05 Oct 2021

    Conspiracy theories are abundant in social and political discourse, yet a coordinated research agenda
    to grapple with their causes and consequences has only developed in the last decade. It is imperative
    that scholars better understand conspiracy theories for many important reasons. Across history they
    have been closely linked to prejudice, witch hunts, revolutions, and genocide. Many perpetrators of
    terrorist attacks were known to be keen supporters of conspiracy theories. Conspiracy theories have also driven people to reject mainstream medicine to the point where once-cured diseases are now
    making a comeback in some parts of the world. Also, conspiracy theories drive people to reject scientific consensuses, most notably the consensus around anthropogenic climate change.

  • Cheam Park logo accomplished_goat | Cheam Park Farm Primary | United Kingdom
    13 Oct 2021

    From my point of view, I think spreading false rumours is such a bad idea because then you are just causing chaos which is so bad because you are just making everyone concerned but not only that you are causing harm to other people and yourself like the petrol conspiracy.

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg openminded_currant | Ormiston Bushfield Academy B | United Kingdom
    18 Oct 2021

    I am unsure as to whether I should agree or disagree with this. I think it depends on the intensity of the conspiracy, some conspiracy theories are harmless and cause no problems but some can affect others in negative ways even though it is not true. Despite not all fake conspiracy theories affect others, it is a bad thing to spread them because you can never predict how people will react and there is always a chance that it may spread to a level where people believe it and start disliking the people who may be included, even distantly, in the theory. I think all people who purposefully spread fake conspiracy theories should face consequences, but the severity of the consequence should depend on how problematic the theory was.

  • British Council.jpg active_fact | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Oct 2021

    Let us pause our minds for a short while and think objectively. Did you not see that our lives are like the jungle, the powerful, the presidents and the wealthy do not have mercy on the weak, so they exploit them under threat of death, weapons and loss for them and their families.. Wasn’t this an organized gang style?? ?? So people do what the powerful and powerful command them, and the people remain as an electronic machine directed by the powerful, with indifference to its effects. The important thing is to achieve their despicable goals..Do you not see that the injustice inflicted on this segment of people will compensate them for the consequences of their refusal of orders without hesitation?? Hasn't the time come to realize that many live a path without a choice?

  • British Council.jpg dependable_wombat | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    I personally believe that the people who create and spread false conspiracy theories on purpose should be punished because those conspiracies sometimes may have negative and harmful consequences. For instances, a person who believes that there are secret plots in coronavirus vaccines, will not himself get vaccinated as well as his family members and friends because he cannot knowingly put his life under threat or lose one of his family members or his friends… just because there are people who share false conspiracy theories on social media,TV, or in newspapers.And what makes things worse is that they share these conspiracy theories just for their own beneficial hidden purposes. For example, these can be journalists just looking for money or any other people looking for the buzz, making publicity stunts or politicians wanting to get rid of their opponents. And for doing this type of heinous act , people who plot or facilitate the spread of these false conspiracy theories should face the consequences of hurting others and should be severely punished.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      dependable_wombat's comment 21 Oct 2021

      You've given some reasons why people might purposefully choose to spread conspiracy theories and you've said "they share these conspiracy theories just for their own beneficial hidden purposes". Might some people also really believe these theories though? And if so, should they be punished? How can we support people to build the skills needs to resist or challenge conspiracy theories?

  • British Council.jpg lovely_groundhog | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Oct 2021

    I think that most conspiracy theories are spread through chatting among people. For example, a person asks another:

    A: Do you think that they really landed on the moon?

    B: mmm, I don't know. Did you see the flag? It was shaking. Does this make sense to you!

    A: actually no, there is no air on the moon. Then why was it shaking?

    This is a simple conversation between A and B. Does it look like a conversation with a purpose of spreading conspiracy theories?
    I think no. It is just that people talk and share their ideas about things they see. So, I don't think that people should be punished. Instead, they need to understand what is really happening around them, the government must educate people about what is going on in the world. Those ideas and doubts which might come to people's minds come because people DON'T KNOW how, for example, scientists landed on the moon!
    When they understand, their doubts will be vanished and thus they will never share false information or doubtful ideas because simply they will never exist in the first place. Therefore, a conspiracy theory will never be built. A man's biggest enemy is ignorance, and once he/she become educated about daily updates in science and space they will never be part of sharing conspiracy theories. Punishing, I believe, is not the soultion. The solution is ongoing education.

  • British Council.jpg lovely_groundhog | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Oct 2021

    I strongly believe that anyone who deliberately develops and disseminates a false conspiracy theory should be punished, as conspiracy theories can have negative consequences. For example, a person who believes that the coronavirus vaccine has a secret conspiracy may not be vaccinated and may endanger their lives or lose one of their family and friends ... on social media. Because some people share false conspiracy theories, on TV and in newspapers ...
    Worse, they only share these conspiracy theories for hidden purposes. These are journalists looking for money, others looking for topics, politicians wanting to get rid of their enemies, etc ... People who plan or promote the spread of these false conspiracy theories, therefore, follow You must register for the harm of others and should be severely punished.

  • British Council.jpg entrepreneurial_guitar | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    06 Nov 2021

    Bits of hearsay and tattle that clarify, increment and intensify, taking on what is known as "fear inspired notion", disregarding the authority sources that clarify this occasion, through true speakers or public interviews, yet cynics, understanding and talk devotees broadcast deceives observe the people who send and be impacted by them, through the method for correspondence Social, without checking its believability or understanding the ramifications it holds for religion and the country, particularly when it is taken advantage of by the foes of our dear country, an issue of a harmful scholarly peril that compromises society all in all.

    As spreading bits of hearsay and denying official sources is a conduct in opposition to respectable ethics and real human qualities ​​and a chronicled practice since the formation of man as a type of mental fighting against the individual and society.

    Adding to its scattering is purposeful and mindful of its objectives and has objectives in it, or an oblivious individual who doesn't know about its risks and hurts and accidentally advances it with regards to aggregate idea worked with by current online media.

    Consequently, I offer a viewpoint starting here of view, whether or not the discipline is done, taking a few things

    To start with, the earnestness of the news distributer, is it purposeful or not?

    Second, how significant is the information and does the existences of many individuals rely upon it or not?

    At long last, in case it is demonstrated that the scattering of this connivance was determined to annihilate an organization or a conflict against a state or a strict conflict, then, at that point, the culprit is rebuffed with social assistance and a monetary fine is paid so it is a guide to the people who beseech themselves to do and spread these schemes.

    So The data and correspondence upheaval and its instruments have added to the improvement of tales, particularly in the time of the Internet and person to person communication destinations that show day by day a tremendous measure of data and news that a large portion of us don't really take a look at the legitimacy of its source and try not to look for its reality, in the event that we consider that the quickest social orders to put stock in tales are the social orders As for the cognizant social orders, they don't focus on bits of gossip, and are quick to take news and circle back to occasions from their authority sources.

    Battling tales is a public obligation that the general public, exclusively, gatherings and different state organizations share, to restrict its consequences for public life. Media foundations of different types play the main part in accepting their expert and public obligation in going up against bits of gossip and disposing of the approach of responding to tales spread to the arrangement of activity, and halting after reports spread via online media, and speaking with true sources to guarantee that the data is right or not.

    The main system for defying tales is to give the right data from its authority sources, and the interest of public establishments in all that is expounded on them, and to cooperate with it with all straightforwardness and validity, on the grounds that the shortfall of data establishes a rich climate for the spread of tales.

  • British Council.jpg entrepreneurial_guitar | Mirzapur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    07 Nov 2021

    I truly support your thought. Be that as it may, do you truly figure it ought to be consistently discipline? What's more, what sort of discipline do you mean?

    I concur that punishment can be an excellent choice for individuals who spread such paranoid notions. In any case, I additionally believe that the discipline strategies can vary a ton.

    Disciplines shouldn't be to such an extent that limit the ability to speak freely of an individual, the option to move openly or even live. For minor issues, the writer ought to be persuaded and programmed so that he/she will be more occupied with making the best choice.

    For instance, rating framework can be a decent strategy. As of now, from lodging to store, everything depends on this point or rating framework. Writers can likewise have a rating or focuses. Assuming the writer is ordered in this framework, he/she will not be engaged with paranoid notions out of dread of getting a terrible rating or losing focuses.

    Another technique may be fulfilling. Individuals are more enlivened to accomplish great work in the desire for getting reward; this is more successful than giving disciplines. On the off chance that great columnists are granted with extravagant titles and grants from the public authority, then, at that point, more writers would be demotivated in taking part in a paranoid idea.

    Also, the most well known technique to battle against a paranoid fear may be making direct friendly and public moves. It is likewise the obligation of the residents and society to annihilate such misinterpretations. It can likewise more compelling than that of the public authority making moves. Writers do these paranoid notions to change the brain of individuals. Be that as it may, if writers get a resistance wave from the overall population, they will not be extremely quick to accomplish such work. Overall population can do different things to stop fear inspired notions. For instance: composing short magazine articles against it, making short missions and observing 'News Conspiracy Theory Free' day.

    By the previously mentioned ways, I accept we can limit the issue. Things being what they are, do you concur with me or not? Also, was this useful? Tell me!

  • British Council.jpg digital_currant | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    12 Nov 2021

    Publishing theories of conspiracy and corruption depends on the conscience of the publishing person, and the most pressured and threatened to hide and change the truth are the journalists.
    Note that a person can go to protect the security of the state so that he and his relatives will not be harmed, and thus avoid harm, unless the person who threatens him represents the state and has wide influence and authority. This is one of the biggest difficulties that a person can face. And publishing it belongs to the conscience of the person himself.

  • British Council.jpg excellent_snow | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Nov 2021

    From my point of view, I punish them, but not before investigation and knowledge, because it is possible that they are being threatened, such as soap operas, for example. The threat is cyber bullying by phone. We have to ask ourselves, should we punish innocent people? ?? of course not . It is possible that a person who does not like a person threatens you to tarnish his reputation. Of course, everyone should be given the right to express his opinion, but not intentionally expose false conspiracies. Of course, in our time, technology has developed, which means that a person can publish or threaten his position while sitting. Of course, there are many people who increase followers through rumors and conspiracies. I mean, his news does not exist in the other press, so people think that it is true, but one hundred percent false. A journalist must have honesty in order to succeed and become the best honest journalist . Honesty is really important. Why don't we put people to confront rumors and conspiracies????? I think people see it as their livelihood, but you are a liar. How will you reach success? Hmmm of course by lying. If you want to be a successful journalist, #honesty.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg encouraging_elderberry | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    15 Dec 2021

    In my belief, they should be punished if their rumours have caused serious harm to people as everyone is entitled to their own opinion and in times of distress or disarray, but there is not way to know where the beginning of a rumour is. However, when there is a way to escape the anonymous profiles of those who are causing the distress and authorities can find the freedom of speech which becomes a burden when people take advantage of it, I think that they should be persecuted because of the almost cowardly comments.

  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg inspiring_outcome | Graveney School | United Kingdom
    15 Dec 2021

    I think that people who spread conspiracy should be punished especially if they do it regularly. Everyone if free to speak their minds although telling people about news or ideas that could be mean or insulting is not right at all. It can be difficult to tell which is true and correct news from something someone put online or told people to start trouble. There should be some sort of verifying system on social media or people who check posts just as they are posted to get rid of fake news or hate. Social media companies should not put profit over morals and what is right!

  • British Council.jpg fiery_moon | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    27 Mar 2022

    I agree that whoever publishes false news and reaches people in any way, whether by voice, image or press in any way, he will lead people. He is like a doctor who gives the patient wrong treatment. He either delays recovery or leads to his death. Both the journalist and the doctor bear a trust. He has to do it honestly and honestly.

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