QAnon conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic are a public health threat - 2020-04-08

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F0.png QAnon conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic are a public health threat April 8, 2020, Marc-André Argentino, The Conversation

The QAnon movement started in 2017 after someone using an anonymous account known only as Q posted wild conspiracy theories about U.S. President Donald Trump on the internet forum 4chan.

QAnon conspiracy theorists believe a deep state cabal of global elites is responsible for all the evil in the world. They also believe those same elites are seeking to bring down Trump, whom they see as the world's only hope to defeat the deep state. QAnon has now brought the same conspiracy mentality to the coronavirus crisis.

As a researcher of online movements like QAnon, I use a combination of data science and digital ethnography to research how extremist movements use technology to create propaganda, recruit members to ideological causes, inspire acts of violence or impact democratic institutions.

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{{cite news | first = Marc-André | last = Argentino | title = QAnon conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic are a public health threat | url = https://theconversation.com/qanon-conspiracy-theories-about-the-coronavirus-pandemic-are-a-public-health-threat-135515 | work = The Conversation | date = April 8, 2020 | accessdate = May 17, 2020 }}