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Researchers Hit With Lawsuits, Records Requests for Fact-Checking Climate Claims

Researchers say the demands, some from groups with fossil fuel ties, attempt to muzzle their voices.

Climate scientist Doug MacMartin

Climate scientist Doug MacMartin

Photographer: Jim McAuley/Bloomberg

Social media savvy climate scientists have something else to worry about beside the fallout from rising global temperatures.

A loose coalition of conspiracy theorists, libertarians and conservative groups—some with fossil-fuel ties—have gone after those who have provided fact-checks used to counter misleading claims circulating on sites such as Facebook and TikTok.