QAnon is a conspiracy theory that has become popular amongst Trump supporters and the far-right, claiming a shadow civil war is occurring between US intelligence agencies. Q is believed to be a group of high standing figures in US intelligence services that carries out an "intelligence dissemination program" by leaking cryptic messages, or “clues”, online. These posts, or Q drops, have coalesced into a big web of conspiracy theories that revolve around Donald Trump dismantling human trafficking rings and carrying out a purge of the US government and intelligence services, in order to remove an elite satanic cannibal/pedophile ring. QAnon is a network of conspiracy theorists or “researchers” that anonymously post supporting information, building a massive web of theories linking popular conspiracy theories in the age to Donald Trump. QAnon followers are becoming an increasing presence in Trump rallies, far-right protests and to some extent international anti-lockdown protests, with thousands of social media accounts linked to this conspiracy network.
Could QAnon impact the 2020 US presidential election?
Could this level of misinformation sway the vote?
Does the QAnon conspiracy theory represent a threat to honest political debate?