The internet has always been a breeding ground for conspiracy theories and misinformation. However, the aftermath of the last presidential election has seen an alarming rise in the exploitation of disappointment among supporters of former President Donald Trump. In the darkest corners of the internet, where fervent Trump supporters gather, suspected con artists are mining their disillusionment for profit.

These online spaces, often hidden from the public eye, have become hotbeds for the propagation of conspiracy theories and misinformation. They are also the perfect hunting grounds for those looking to profit from the discontent and anger of Trump’s most ardent supporters. These individuals, often anonymous, weave intricate narratives that play into the fears and frustrations of their audience, all while promoting products, services, or causes that line their pockets.

The situation is further complicated by the recent layoffs at tech companies like Twitter, Amazon, Alphabet, and Meta. These companies have drastically reduced the size of their teams focused on trust and safety, making it even more challenging to combat the spread of disinformation and hate speech online.

However, change is on the horizon. From August 25, Twitter will be legally required to fight disinformation in the European Union. This move comes after the majority of Twitter’s specialists, who were dedicated to combating coordinated disinformation campaigns, resigned or were laid off. The new code aims to prevent profiteering from disinformation and fake news, marking a significant step towards a safer and more trustworthy online environment.

While these changes are promising, they also highlight the need for more robust and comprehensive measures to combat online disinformation. As the internet continues to evolve, so too must our strategies for ensuring its safety and integrity.