QAnon: How conspiracy theory went from fringe to global – InfoBites…


Date: January 12, 2021

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“QAnon is a bizarre conspiracy theory, whose followers believe that Donald Trump is going to save the world from a cabal of Democrats, Hollywood celebrities and billionaires engaged in Satan-worshipping and child trafficking. Since 2017, QAnon has gone from a fringe US movement to a global phenomenon that flourished amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

After months of the pandemic and lockdowns, Q’s messages flooded social media. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok all declared war on Q-anon and began deleting related hashtags and accounts. However, Qanon adherents are proving that the restrictions are no obstacle.
We take a look at the origins of QAnon, how it attracts followers outside traditional audiences, and why banning QAnon content on major social media networks may have dangerous consequences.

0:00 – Calm before the storm
1:12 – Qanon conspiracy theory
3:45 – Who’s behind Qanon?
4:40 – Qanon crackdown
5:53 – Qanon in the US politics
6:27 – Going global in the pandemic
7:23 – European Qanon
8:31 – How Qanon hijacked #SaveTheChildren
9:05 – What’s next for Qanon?”

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