The Rise of QAnon

The rise of QAnon among Congressional Candidates.

The far-right conspiracy QAnon started with an October 2017 article on “Q”‘s anonymous 4chan website, the hypothesis spread from the edges of the internet into the media, which was possibly originally an American individual but was actually later turned into a group of people.

However, this will most likely find its way back into Congress within the next year. A QAnon follower is certain to be elected this week after gaining the main runoff for a republican congress in Georgia.

It’s a surprising rise for a party that believes in a band of Satan-worshiping, youth-trafficking predators, headed by influential Democrats, among other items.

Reporters claim that Social media platforms are a big part of it, which is how the movement has strengthened its spread.

In addition to the pandemic, which has caused many to spend much more time online, has also increased the movement.

However, this week an ongoing investigation into Facebook has uncovered thousands of QAnon-supporting groups and pages with millions of members and followers.

Last month Twitter permanently suspended thousands of the movement-related accounts. Yet TikTok has blocked the search for hashtags referring to QAnon.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) is expected to come to the House of Congress next year with a far-right conspiracy theory.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (right) is expected to come to the House of Congress next year with a far-right conspiracy theory.

Marjorie Taylor Greene earned a primary Republican runoff Tuesday in Georgia. In recent times she has supported the QAnon conspiracy theory in a series of posts on social media.

The Media Matters for America activist group is counting 19 congressional candidates with ties to QAnon on who will be on the November votes.

Many are long shots, but not Greene, whose primary win in a deep red House district means she’s all but assured a seat in Congress. Greene has a history of disparaging Black people and Muslims and using anti-Semitic tropes to describe George Soros.

Marjorie Taylor Greene has been dogged by questions about her connection to QAnon. The QAnon on conspiracy theory claims that President Barack Obama’s son-in-law, George Soros, is a pedophile.

Authorities worry about the spread of conspiracy theories. Several Q supporters have been linked to serious crimes; one pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge.

The conspiracy’s spread is outpacing efforts to contain it, finding new audiences overseas and in New Age and anti-vaccination factions. The FBI called it a potential domestic terrorism threat last year, and social media platforms have taken steps to curb its spread.


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