8/23/2018

the QAnon theory

Also known as 'The Storm', the QAnon theory is based on a series of anonymous and highly cryptic posts on the message boards 4Chan and 8Chan, which purport to be written by a high-level insider in President Donald Trump's White House. While there were no violent results from the apparent plethora of QAnon believers at Trump's Tampa rally, the internet was awash with excitement as Q appeared to post about the rally in real-time And the very fact that so many people publicly donned QAnon attire at Trump's rally suggests how easily something originating from the internet can translate into the real world. The storm,” which is sometimes conflated in an unintelligible way on social media with #ReleaseTheMemo—a call by Trump supporters to make public a previously classified document detailing the origin of investigations into Trump's alleged involvement with Russia—is a conspiracy theory with legs in part because of the degree to which basically any and all made-up ideas can be slotted into it, according to Kyle Mantyla, a writer with Right Wing Watch, a nonprofit group that monitors internet trends such as this one. QAnon: The conspiracy theory explained after Q posters spotted at Trump's Florida rally "Q" is a reference to QAnon, a group of people attempting to decode vague, anonymous comments posted on dark web message boards such as 4chan, 8chan.