Shaun Richardson

Inside the Valentine’s Day Text Message Mystery

Did you get one of the more than 168,149 strange texts sent in the middle of the night?Did you inadvertently send (or receive) an exceedingly random text on Nov. 7?Credit…Photo Illustration by The New York Times; ShutterstockNov. 8, 2019Updated 4:14 p.m. ETEmbarrassment, alarm and confusion undulated across the United States and Canada in powerful waves…

In Trump’s Twitter Feed: Conspiracy-Mongers, Racists and Spies

In September, an obscure Twitter account promoting a fringe belief about an anti-Trump cabal within the government tweeted out a hashtag: #FakeWhistleblower. It was typical for the anonymous account, which traffics in far-right content and a conspiracy theory known as QAnon, some of whose adherents think that satanic pedophiles control the “deep state.” The Federal…

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