What is QAnon, and why is it dangerous?

What is QAnon, and why is it dangerous?

Have you noticed an increase in the number of Anti-vaxxers on Facebook? Or how about people online claiming the world is flat? Mad right? But these are the extreme examples of conspiracy theories that are being spread around the internet.

What about the recent one about 5G spreading coronavirus, or that 300,000 US children are lured into the commercial sex trade every year?

That last one is much more believable and shocking, isn’t it? It really hits us on an emotional level, and it could be true, but it’s not, and this is a problem.

What is QAnon, and why is it dangerous?

QAnon is a far-right group started on 4Chan, a famous internet forum in 2017. The first user called himself Q, and so QAnon (after anonymous) was born. They create and spread fake news and conspiracy theories. The group of QAnon followers have now spread from 4Chan to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. They have also taken on a more subtle less “conspiracy theory” approach.

As part of this approach there has been a huge growth of Facebook pages being started with the intent of saving children from child trafficking, because who doesn’t want to stop child trafficking? Some of these pages and accounts have up to 3 million followers.

The groups are then sharing beautifully designed posts and professional quality images and content, spreading fake news and information using the hashtag ‘#SaveTheChilden’. The likelihood is that you’ve already seen posts because they masquerade as other things, only to spread fake news and baseless conspiracy theories. The likelihood is that you have liked one of their posts and you have not even realised it. 

They are also using manipulation tactics such as saying: “fighting paedophilia is more important than fighting racism” Which is another way of saying that by opposing them, you are standing alongside paedophiles. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to side with either of those camps, but by pressuring potential vulnerable people, and younger people online to make that choice is a way of bringing them into their way of thinking. 

Countless Instagram influencers have jumped on the bandwagon of “helping children” without even realising they are spreading and legitimising conspiracy theories and fake news. This is particularly dangerous as younger people, who may be more susceptible to some of the more extreme ideas are being planted in their minds. 

Some of their other baseless theories:

  • That the CIA installed North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un as a puppet ruler.
  • U.S. Representative and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz hired Salvadoran gang MS-13 to murder DNC staffer Seth Rich.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel is Adolf Hitler’s granddaughter.
  • Each mass shooting is a false-flag attack organized by the cabal.
  • Obama, Hillary Clinton, George Soros, and others are planning a coup against Trump and are involved in an international child sex-trafficking ring.
  • The Mueller investigation is actually a counter-coup led by Trump, who pretended to conspire with Russia in order to hire Mueller to secretly investigate the Democrats.
  • That certain Hollywood stars are paedophiles.
  • The Rothschild family leads a satanic cult.

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