A QAnon election conspiracy theory about ballot fraud is going viral on TikTok - 2020-11-05

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F0.png A QAnon election conspiracy theory about ballot fraud is going viral on TikTok November 5, 2020, Olivia Little, Media Matters

Four viral TikTok videos pushing this unfounded election conspiracy theory have drawn over 237,400 views in just hours, and a number of smaller accounts are beginning to spread the same misinformation. This content explicitly violates both TikTok's misinformation policy and QAnon policy.

The claim being peddled is that President Donald Trump (with the help of the Department of Homeland Security) has set up Democrats to be caught committing voter fraud by secretly watermarking all official ballots so that when Democrats allegedly produce fake ballots to "steal" the election, they won't be counted. Users are framing this supposed move as a "military sting operation" and claiming Democrats will be arrested once the plan unfolds.

The conspiracy theory originated from a Q drop posted in February 2018 that said "watch the water." "Q drops" are messages the central figure of the QAnon conspiracy theory, known as "Q," posts on an internet message board for followers.

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