This definitely belongs in this thread.
Harvard’s Sunstein Joins Biden’s DHS to Shape Immigration RulesObama-era official Cass Sunstein wrote a paper suggesting that conspiracy theories should be banned.
After publishing an academic paper about how misinformation and paranoia spreads online, Cass Sunstein fell victim to the very mechanisms he’d described.www.newyorker.com
"The paper, called “Conspiracy Theories,” was first published in 2008, in a small academic journal called the Journal of Political Philosophy. In it, Sunstein and his Harvard colleague Adrian Vermeule attempted to explain how conspiracy theories spread, especially online. At one point, they made a radical proposal: “Our main policy claim here is that government should engage in cognitive infiltration of the groups that produce conspiracy theories.” The authors’ primary example of a conspiracy theory was the belief that 9/11 was an inside job; they defined “cognitive infiltration” as a program “whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups.”