US media reported last month on the influence of QAnon on the Republican Party in the US. According to the report:
December 16, 2020 Rather than being a nebulous group that amplifies messages organically at the grassroots level, QAnon appears to also be an occasional architect of messages that, through coordinated behavior, make their way to the most powerful factions of the Republican Party. “QAnon is a disinformation network (that) has grown like a virus to attack the pillars of our democracy — systematically with specific forms of disinformation that are strategic,” said Joel Finkelstein, cofounder of the NCRI, which has produced a newly released report — which it provided to CNN — about QAnon that includes the finding about the #SubpoenaObama hashtag. “Working with the highest levels of power in our country, they’ve found ways to hijack our national conversation,” Finkelstein added. The influence of QAnon swelled this year despite the ludicrous — some would say cult-like — contention at its core: that Trump is fighting a cabal of Satan-worshiping elites that engages in pedophilia and child sacrifice. So substantial is QAnon’s following that many Republican elected officials have been loath to condemn it. The most vocal Republican critic of the group, Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia — who is an adviser to the NCRI — is serving the final days of his term. This week, as one of his last acts, he plans to deliver a rebuke of the movement on the floor of the House.
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The BBC has described QAnon as follows:
At its heart, QAnon is a wide-ranging, unfounded conspiracy theory that says that President Trump is waging a secret war against elite Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media. QAnon believers have speculated that this fight will lead to a day of reckoning where prominent people such as former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be arrested and executed.media captionTrump on QAnon: ‘They do like me’ That’s the basic story, but there are so many offshoots, detours and internal debates that the total list of QAnon claims is enormous — and often contradictory. Adherents draw in news events, historical facts and numerology to develop their own far-fetched conclusions.
The Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported in October that Russia’s Internet Research Agency troll farm was attempting to use social media accounts to boost the role of conspiracy theories promoted by QAnon.
We also reported in October that YouTube had joined Facebook and other social media companies in taking action against QAnon.