This is especially troubling when considering that “66.7% of QAnon adherents moved from radicalization to mobilizing for an ideologically motivated crime within less than a year.” Foreign entities are capitalizing on the growing threat by spreading disinformation that supports the QAnon narrative and encourages more social unrest. To further exacerbate the issue, the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has led to increased social media usage as traditional means of socializing have become more limited. This shift allows for QAnon conspiracies to reach an even larger audience.
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Author: Victoria Vanderzielfultz