Social media has witnessed a recent trend where a number of conspiracy theorists have been posting unverified theories on the internet which increase the paranoia in people’s minds. As the COVID-19 outbreak became a global scare, a number of users started posting theories that suggest that 2020 will be the final year witnessed by humanity. Some wild theories also suggested that the events of the apocalypse are taking place in the world, but did not have any concrete evidence backing them. Similarly, the recent conspiracy theory doing the rounds on social media which suggests that the world will end on June 21, 2020, according to the Mayan calendar also does not hold any truth.
What does the theory suggest?
According to various conspiracy theorists on social media, the initial reading of the Mayan calendar which suggested that the world will end in 2012 was wrong. It originally prophesied by calendar readers that the world will end on December 21, 2012, according to the Mayan calendar. The new theory suggests that we are ‘technically’ still in the year 2012 if the Julian calendar is followed. The theory also bases its claims on a previously falsified theory which suggested that eight years were lost during the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar.