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    Researcher: YouTube Indoctrinates Flat Earthers

    Believe it or not. Many of those who contend the government is covering up the globe’s true shape became adherents after clicking on related videos recommended by YouTube’s algorithms, according to a Texas Tech University researcher. She found that 29 of the 30 people she interviewed at a flat Earth convention — many of them college-educated — said they’d been turned onto the theory by YouTube.

    Is this a circular conspiracy? A survey last year found that only two-thirds of young people “firmly believe” the planet is round.

    Read OZY’s Flashback about why we’re hooked on space-age conspiracy theories.

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