Conspiracy theories arise following collapse of Baltimore Bridge: Is this the start of World War III?

Baltimore Bridge Collapse Triggers Conspiracy Theories: How Politics and Social Media Fueled the Speculation

The Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed on Tuesday after a Singapore-flagged container ship struck it, causing six workers repairing potholes on the bridge to go missing and presumed dead. Despite authorities finding no evidence of criminal activity, conspiracy theories began to circulate about a deliberate attack.

Influencers like Andrew Tate and conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones added fuel to the speculations, suggesting cyber attacks and hinting at the possibility of a Third World War. Various theories emerged on social media platforms implicating different groups, such as terrorists or foreign agents, in the supposed attack.

However, Singapore port authorities reported that the collapse was due to a “momentary loss of propulsion” of the ship, as seen in video surveillance footage. Despite this explanation, rumors continued to circulate, with some linking the incident to conflicts in Gaza or questioning diversity initiatives by companies.

Authorities reiterated that there was no indication of a terrorist attack, including Baltimore police chief Richard Worley and Maryland Governor Wes Moore. However, despite these assurances, the conspiracy theories continued to gain traction online, with various interpretations of the incident being put forward by different individuals and groups.

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