Climate change conspiracies are spreading rapidly during UN's COP26 event

Amplified by bots and influencers, millions of posts on social media networks peddle false ideas about climate change.

Conspiracy theories that promote climate-change skepticism and denial spread rapidly across the internet ahead of the United Nation's ongoing COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

Amplified by bots and influencers, a large volume of climate change denial content spread on social media starting in June, according to researchers at Blackbird.AI. The technology firm's platform uses machine-learning algorithms to scan millions of posts across mainstream social networks — including Twitter, Telegram, fringe sites and others — and, aided by human analysts, identified four major climate denial trends targeting U.S. and European climate-change policy.