Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook - 2020-06-25

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F345.png Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook June 25, 2020, Julia Carrie Wong, The Guardian

In early May, QAnon braced for a purge. Facebook had removed a small subset – five pages, six groups and 20 profiles – of the community on the social network, and as word of the bans spread, followers of Q began preparing for a broader sweep.

Some groups changed their names, substituting "17" for "Q" (the 17th letter of the alphabet); others shared links to back-up accounts on alternative social media platforms with looser rules.

More than just another internet conspiracy theory, QAnon is a movement of people who interpret as a kind of gospel the online messages of an anonymous figure – "Q" – who claims knowledge of a secret cabal of powerful pedophiles and sex traffickers. Within the constructed reality of QAnon, Donald Trump is secretly waging a patriotic crusade against these "deep state" child abusers, and a "Great Awakening" that will reveal the truth is on the horizon.

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{{cite news | first = Julia Carrie | last = Wong | title = Down the rabbit hole: how QAnon conspiracies thrive on Facebook | url = https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/25/qanon-facebook-conspiracy-theories-algorithm | work = The Guardian | date = June 25, 2020 | accessdate = October 11, 2021 }}