Conspiracy theorists are trying to prove that the snow in Texas is ‘fake’ and has been engineered by the government.
TikTok has been flooded with videos of people attempting and failing to melt the snow with different methods.
In one clip, a woman can be seen blowing hot air on a snowball and telling the camera ‘it’s not melting’.
Unfortunately, many of these conspiracists are not aware of the process called sublimation, which is when solid snow turns into a gas.
Yet as Yotam Ophir, an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo explained to Insider that in times of crisis, it’s typical for people to ‘fall back on all kinds of biases and shortcuts that they use to make sense of the situation’.
@sarahmojoSomeone said do it with a blow dryer ##fyp ##snowwontmelt ##whatshappening ##texasblizzard ##centraltexas ##conspiracytheories ##helpmeunderstand♬ original sound – Sarah Ward
As TikTok has grown rapidly in the past year, it has struggled to keep a lid on the spread of misinformation.
According to the community guidelines, the platform doesn’t allow ‘misinformation related to emergencies that induce panic’.
Similar to most theories that tend to be cynical in nature, this latest one is not a new presumption. This claim also circulated in January 2014 when the southern US suffered from a rare snowstorm.
With the state currently experiencing such bizarre weather, it is believed by experts that it must be linked to climate change.
Currently, this seasonal change is threatening to ruin the electrical infrastructure and has forced power shutoffs.
As a result, millions of people have been left in the freezing cold for days.
Since last week, misinformation has been spreading like wildfire and as of Wednesday, one of the top-related queries for ‘Texas snow’ has been ‘fake snow’.
People are also convinced that Bill Gates is somehow involved in the ‘fakery’.
Gates is known to have donated to a Harvard climate project called Scopex, wherein an effort to slow down the effects of climate change they are trying to find ways to dim the sun. Due to his donation, climate-change-deniers are publically broadcasting their suspicions.
Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@sarahmojo