QAnon Has Receded from Social Media — but It’s Just Hiding
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On the face of it, you might think that the QAnon conspiracy has largely disappeared from big social media sites. But that’s not quite the case.
True, you’re much less likely to find popular QAnon catchphrases like “great awakening,” “the storm” or “trust the plan” on Facebook these days. Facebook and Twitter have removed tens of thousands of accounts dedicated to the baseless conspiracy theory, which depicts former President Donald Trump as a hero fighting a secret battle against a sect of devil-worshipping pedophiles who dominate Hollywood, big business, the media and government.
Gone are the huge “Stop the Steal” groups that spread falsehoods about the 2020 U.S. presidential elections. Trump is gone as well, banned from Twitter permanently and suspended from posting on Facebook until 2023.
But QAnon is far from winding down. Federal intelligence officials recently warned that its adherents could commit more violence, like the deadly Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. At least one open supporter of QAnon has been elected to Congress. In the four years since someone calling themselves “Q” started posting enigmatic messages on fringe internet discussions boards, QAnon has grown up.
That’s partly because QAnon now encompasses a variety of conspiracy theories, from evangelical or religious angles to alleged pedophilia in Hollywood and the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, said Jared Holt, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s DFRLab who focuses on domestic extremism. “Q-specific stuff is sort of dwindling,” he said. But the worldviews and conspiracy theories that QAnon absorbed are still with us.
July 10, 2021 at 4:16 PM #434359SatanParticipant
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The insurrection/coup attempt/giant temper tantrum of overgrown 3 year olds/whatever you want to call that 1/6 clusterfuck, pretty much left the “QAnon” brand a little toxic. And that’s only if you assume it wasn’t already toxic to begin with.
So just like the Phillip Morris tobacco company changed its name to “Altria”, Comcast now calls itself “Xfinity”, and Erik Prince’s “Blackwater” mercenary death cult has changed its name a half dozen times or more, expect this cult to return with a different name, just in time for the 2022 election season, to spew more toxic & idiotic conspiracies.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy
July 10, 2021 at 4:53 PM #434369doh1304Participant
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that the Q of 2016 and the Q from 2017 are different people, almost as if the first was caught and the second was installed to discredit the first. Believable, except for that Trump as hero part.
July 10, 2021 at 6:37 PM #434377EarthartistParticipant
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Anytime the atlantic council is mentioned you know something isn’t right. I suspect they will see to it that some form of Q shows back up just in time for the election, they likely will do something loud and noxious that will horrify the Democrats who will dutifully go back to “we will all die unless we vote Blue no Matter who”. I would not be surprised if the atlantic council went so far as some kind of mini 9-11. They are the evil behind the oligarchs
July 10, 2021 at 11:24 PM #434426Ohio BarbarianModerator
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The AP article shamelessly doesn’t mention the Atlantic Council as its ultimate source, and just casually mentions the source as DFLab, fka Digital Forensic Laboratory.
Fucking pack of neolibcon warmongers they are. And they’ll make lots of money off of all that new surveillance equipment Biden’s proposed Domestic Terrorism Act will require. One more step to a police state.
IOW, @earthartist is correct. Still proud of yourselves, Biden voters? Sorry, I’m just a little sensitive because Biden’s thrown in my face all the time because I live in the Ohio 11th, and just thinking of the Fascist motherfucker and his hive pisses me off.
Anyway, I’m not going to let those Fascist bootlickers make me afraid of fucking QAnon. I’m far more afraid of being made to go back to work in the office every day than I am of those idiots.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
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