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- Overall, we rate QAnon an extreme right wing Tin Foil Hat level Conspiracy website based on promotion of old debunked conspiracy theories that have been proven to be false or at the very least do not have evidence.
Factual Reporting: VERY LOW
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2018, QAnon.pub is a website for far-right QAnon conspiracy theorists. QAnon is a collective of anonymous conspiracy theorists who believe the deep state and media is conspiring against President Trump. “The theory began with an October 2017 post on the anonymous 4chan by someone using the tripcode Q, a presumably American individual that may have later grown to include multiple individuals, claiming to have access to classified information involving the Trump administration and its opponents in the United States.”
QAnon adherents began appearing at Trump rallies during the summer of 2018 and have continued to increase.
Funded by / Ownership
Ownership and funding are unknown, however, the three original creators of the theory may be capitalizing on it (unknown).
Analysis / Bias
In review, the QAnon.pub website posts anonymous messages that are signed off as simply Q. A random message looks like this: “Threat to Controlled Narrative. Other than POTUS, can you name a group more attacked than ‘Q’ by the FAKE NEWS media? Multiple tactics deployed including framing for crimes (think bridge, mob boss, etc etc). DESPERATION. Reconcile using logic. THINK FOR YOURSELF. DIVIDERS will FAIL.” This message links into 8chan, which has been kicked out of Google Search. In examining several posts on the QAnon website virtually all of them support President Trump and harshly denigrate the left such as this: “WELCOME TO THE DEMOCRAT PARTY. The Party of threats, violence, intimidation, name-calling, racism, fascism, division, …..#WALKAWAY #VOTEREPUBLICAN Q.” This also links back to the disreputable 8chan.
Some conspiracies that QAnon promotes are the debunked Pizzagate theory, the Seth Rich murder, and most notably the Deep State. They also promote chemtrails which some claim Trump has stopped. Lastly, they have been accused of antisemitism.
According to a factual search QAnon has failed numerous fact checks.
Overall, we rate QAnon an extreme right-wing Tin-Foil Hat level Conspiracy website based on the promotion of old debunked conspiracy theories that have been proven to be false or at the very least do not have evidence. (D. Van Zandt 4/3/2019)