QAnon refers to both a right-wing conspiracy theory, circulating online and its creator, a supposed high-ranking government official, who signs off the messages with a Q.
The conspiracy states, that the deep state, led by a small circle of pedophile Satanists is plotting against the (former) president Donald Trump, who is standing his ground against the enemy, waiting for the “day of reckoning” or the Storm, when a mass arrest of politicians as well as journalists will occur.
Posts and other content on social media, related to the conspiracy is often fitted with the hashtag #WWG1WGA, signifying the phrase “Where We Go One, We Go All”.
Origin of the term
The phenomenon was preceded by a couple of other anonymous posts on 4chan, such as FBIanon CIAanon.
Then the conspiracy started out on 4chan in 2017, when “QAnon” revealed himself to be a high-ranking government official, possessing Q Clearance in the U. S. Department of Energy.
The user, later presumed by many to be several users, then left “clues” all over the web, from 4chan to Reddit to other message boards and forums.
These “clues” were cryptically phrased, sometimes little more than a few words, leaving plenty of space for vague speculations and associations.
Spread of the term
A lot of people, including a plethora of public performers, like Alex Jones or Curt Schilling believe in the conspiracy and look at Trump as the last capable defender of humanity from satanic powers.
Lots of content are being created in relation to the “QAnon” phenomenon, from YouTube videos, to posts on Facebook, to articles on various news sites.
“QAnon” first appeared on Urban Dictionary in 2018.
- The Guardian – QAnon explained: the antisemitic conspiracy theory gaining traction around the world
- The New Yorker – The Flashing Warning of QAnon
- Wired – We Need to Talk About Talking About QAnon