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How does YN deal with conspiracy theorists?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:00 am
by Tamri3l
As conspiracy theories and related fake-news are becoming a serious problem, with some obsessed theorists dying on them or committing crimes because of them, what countermeasures is your nation taking about it?

Tamriel punishes harshly crimes committed for futile reasons (and the judiciary considers conspiracies a futile reason) with some of the penalties being doubled.
Furthermore, there's a State-managed only-news press channel with fact-checking systems, along with the free press.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:03 pm
by Tinhampton
By not prosecuting them for doing anything that the Man on the Tinhamptonian Omnibus would do

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:04 pm
by Borovan entered the region as he
Anyone fake news will get beheaded. No exceptions. Fake news is bad and anyone who spreads fake news will get beheaded with no leniency.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:50 pm
by Andocara
Some are ignored by most people, while others get closely evaluated. The only people who remotely favor them are Skeptic Communities. As far as fake news is concerned, the government passed a law that basically tells people to label everything that is fake news, so the public can know what to read.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:53 pm
by Mirial Magna
The only reporters Mirial has ever chased after since Barriss Offee took the throne have been those who praise wartime enemies. A few months ago, she pushed a bill through the parliament that more or less ended blasphemy laws.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:54 pm
by Ayytaly
We give them 15 minutes of interview. The only catch is that they have to read all what they have said and wrote in the past and on the internet in front of a large crowd...

Naked.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:58 pm
by The Sladerstan
Depends on the conspiracy. If it's a conspiracy about our government being a part of the Illuminati, which leads to a riot or something, we'll imprison them.

If it's something like the flat earth, we'll send them to a space station (space travel is far cheaper) which orbits our planet, and show them the earth isn't flat, and that we're not on earth because space is real.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:49 pm
by Aikoland
We don't, we only deal with those who break the law, and merely believing in conspiracies or spreading them is not breaking the law.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:55 pm
by Imperial Republic of Arkania
The government does not care about theorists, but the President has the free will to order the arrest of conspiracy theorists under the "National Integrity Protection" act.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:13 pm
by TURTLESHROOM II
Nothing. Conspiracies are neither obscene, illegal, or immoral.

Freedom of thought is important to TurtleShroomian society. The free flow of information, especially political information and the sacrosanct rights of dissent and state criticism, does not stop when the information is stupid.

Besides, arresting conspiracy theorists creates more conspiracy theorists and gives their claims credibility.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:16 pm
by Surrealist Patagonia
The confederacy encourages people to question their world by delving into conspiracy theories more as a thought exercise.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:17 pm
by Monsone
Normaly, nothing. But if the problem gets out of hand, the MDSIM (internal security ministry) will send in the SNS (secret police) to take care of the issue.

How does Your Nation deal with conspiracy theorists?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:30 pm
by Deacarsia
All Deacarsi are free to believe or spread conspiracy theories to their heart’s content, provided such theories are not left-wing, blasphemous, or anti-Catholic.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:43 pm
by Vlaandia
Those who spout out foolish drivel are usually sent to the gallows, it does no service to the realm for some wide eyed lunatic to bark like a hound incessantly, ranting on about how the King's mother was a hamster or other such nonsense, however, pity is sometimes taken upon these souls, and they are granted the chance to live their days in some monastery's home for the sick, or are otherwise banished to some other realm to be a thorn on another hind.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:00 pm
by Sadakoyama
We start rumors and conspiracy theories. It's an effective way to throw the barbarian nations into chaos and disarray and to obscure our actual capabilities, plans, and operations in a cloud of false information. That's why all of our journalism schools ultimately fall under the aegis of the Department of International Studies; Our wildly inaccurate and sensationalist news reports aren't actually intended for our own people. All of our people are supposed to be scientists that don't take things like news reports for granted.

There are sometimes useful information provided, but it would require someone well-versed in our unique and quixotic cultural paradigms, certain conlangs, shibboleths, and dog whistles, and sometimes digital cues to easily recognize the valuable stuff in all the dross. Any essential, need to know information is disseminated through private, secure back channels.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:29 pm
by Greenwichian Arcadia
Since conspiracy theorists tend to fend off any criticism with an irrefutable “That's what they want you to think!” argument, conspiracy theories cannot be properly falsified and therefore contribute nothing to the science. Moreover, conspiracy theorists sow dissent and undue distrust to the government and to the science, undermining our cause of progress and, most infamously, agitating the people to avoid proper medical treatment in case of a serious disease in favor of homeopathy or even prayers!
To prevent these notions from growing, the Critical Thinking subject was incorporated in the public schools' curriculum. Students learn about methods of verification and falsification of scientific theories, the burden of proof and about logical fallacies of the human mind — still the most common tool of cognition. We consider this knowledge essential, for it enables the people to make their own judgment, which is highly likely to correspond with the way the things are, and to rule the country effectively.

Firm, united let us be
Rallying 'round our Liberty!
As a band of scholars joined,
Truth and Reason we shall find!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:33 pm
by Jerdena
Nothing. We have freedom of speech and promoting conspiracy theories and fake news, while wrong, is not illegal.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:01 am
by Keepers of the Sanctum
If deemed worthy enough, their claims may be investigated. However if their theories criticize the Keeper hierarchy, then they are promptly silenced.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:11 am
by Radiatia
Conspiracy theorists are protected by freedom of expression clauses in the Bill of Rights.

They're pretty popular too - (un)healthy distrust of government and media is something of a national pastime in Radiatia and while some theories are pretty outlandish, historically the Radiatian government has done some pretty shady things that aren't that far removed from the sorts of things conspiracy theorists talk about.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:10 am
by Nakena
They are being "re-educated"

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:12 am
by Nouveau Quebecois
Literally... nothing? Where has the value of free thought gone? If necessary, publish counter-propaganda and leave it at that.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:14 am
by Rosmana
They are mocked on TV by comedy shows. :D

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:03 am
by Tamri3l
Nouveau Quebecois wrote:Literally... nothing? Where has the value of free thought gone? If necessary, publish counter-propaganda and leave it at that.


The idea here is that one thing is sharing a preposterous idea while being at a café drinking low-quality beer, one thing is committing crimes because of that preposterous idea.
Especially if it goes against what research and scientific method say.
Freedom of thought doesn't mean "freedom of considering true every single fantasy that comes to mind".

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:54 am
by Estainia
We don't. The Imperial Government has more serious issues to deal with than the idiocy of conspiracy theorists.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:14 pm
by Marsoslavia
Nothing. But when they are separate nationalists and proclaiming their theories, in public, they are locked in prisons.