Who’s never been intrigued by conspiracy theories? Who’s never doubted being the victim of a conspiracy or a gigantic deception? Hundreds of conspiratorial theories appear regularly on social networks in an attempt to explain everything. On social networks, these theories proliferate very quickly and are usually very surprising. Each news item is scrutinised and leaves room for what can be far-fetched theories. In the quest for truth and uncovering big state lies, some social media users sometimes tend to get carried away and the result can be surprising. Here are the best conspiracy theories that are driving the buzz on social networks.
This is one of the theories that has been spoken about the most on the internet. This theory owes its name to the Bavarian Illuminati, a secret society founded in 1776 in Bavaria. Today, this secret society would be at the origin of international events. Many celebrities such as political figures, singers or sportsmen are suspected of being part of this secret organisation as a consequence of their influence.
2. Bob Lazar confims the presence of UFOs in area 51
Again a theory which provoked movement across the Atlantic. Bob Lazar, an American engineer and scientist confirmed having worked in the heart of area 51, located in Nevada. Since 1982, Bob Lazar admits to having worked on objects of extraterrestrial origins recovered by the American government. In his testimony, the scientist explains that he is already mounted in one of these devices of extraterrestrial origins, and that he had the impression that this machine had been designed by an individual who was not of human size. The Netflix streaming platform was inspired by this testimony to make a series called “Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers”.
3. Covid-19 “truthers”
If the Covid-19 pandemic has punctuated our daily lives throughout this year, it has therefore not escaped numerous conspiracy theories concerning its creation and its existence. On social media, many speculated that this virus was an invention of the elites to be able to control the world. Some even think that Bill Gates would plan the implantation of nanochips inside vaccines so that he could then control humanity via 5G.
4. Elon Musk claims the pyramids were built by aliens
On July 31, the tweet of Space X boss, Elon Musk delighted the conspirators about the construction of the pyramids. According to the tech tycoon, the aliens were behind the construction of the pyramids of Egypt. Zahi Hawass, an Egyptian archaeologist was quick to respond to Elon Musk’s statement and called his comments a “complete hallucination”. “I found the tombs of the pyramids builders that tell everyone that the builders of the pyramids are Egyptians and they were not slaves” he said. Egypt’s Minister of International Co-operation Rania al-Mashat, also replied to the businessman with a touch of humour and demagoguery
5. The Simpsons predicted the future
Can a TV series predict in advance what will happen in the years to come? It sounds unrealistic, and yet many people on social media support the theory that a few years ago, the creators of The Simpsons were able to predict what is going on today. The Covid-19 epidemic, the election of Donald Trump in 2016 or even today’s new technologies such as the connected watch, many social media users have noted the similarities between the fictional series and the events that occur today.
6. Reptilian conspiracy theory
This has been one of the best-known conspiracy theories for years. This theory was popularised by David Icke in 1999, a famous conspiracy theorist. According to him, reptilian humanoids would present themselves on earth including some of the most powerful individuals on the planet such as the Bush family, the Royal Family, the Rothschild family and other influential celebrities.
7. The flat earth theory
And if the earth was flat? This is the theory of many flat-earthers. They believe the spherical shape of the earth is a huge lie from NASA and governments who would orchestrate a theory to promote the idea that the earth is round. According to the flat Earth Society, the earth would be in the shape of a flat disc and Antarctica would be a wall of ice representing the edge of the surface of the earth. NASA and governments would lie to prevent people from climbing and falling into the void.
Here is again a theory that a select group of elites aim to take control of the planet. This theory is based on the fact that these elites rule the world in a secret and authoritative way. They would be at the origin of political events but also of crises. According to the theory, one of the main aims of this powerful secret society would be to reduce the world population, which is growing exponentially.
9. Greta Thunberg returned from the past to save the planet
A photo taken 121 years ago inspired this conspiracy theory. The young ecological activist, Greta Thunberg would be a time traveler who returned from the last century to save our planet. This 1898 photo, taken in Canada, shows three children working in a mine in the Yukon Territory. On social media, many have noticed the physical resemblance between the two young girls and turned it into a conspiracy theory.
10.“The first person vaccinated against Covid-19 would be an Illuminati”
Theories concerning the Illuminati hit the headlines on social networks. The idea that the world is controlled by a small group of disproportionately wealthy people has fascinated the public for many years. This time, the Illuminati theory is back for the launch of the first vaccine against Covid-19. Margaret Keenan, 91, was the first person vaccinated against Covid-19 in the world, on December 8th. This woman from Northern Ireland received the first of 800,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine. In this tweet which illustrates a close-up of the hands of the old lady, the user compares the position of Miss Keenan’s hands with a triangle – a major symbol of the Illuminati.