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Stop the Online Conspiracy Theorists Before They Break Democracy!

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
>Organised conspiracy theorist networks have launched an all-out information war across Europe. At the heart of this is the #QAnon movement.

It's just Q fans and other anons sharing memes. It looks very organized and powerful, I know.
> European conspiracy theorists run increasingly sophisticated campaigns around critical junctions in national, regional and global politics. They even carried out social media operations to influence voters in German state elections...

How dare they! Leave that to (((us))).
>The #QAnon community ... strongly overlaps with the support networks of far-right movements .. Most recently, it co-opted yellow vest demonstrations and boosted hardline Brexit campaigns and Tommy Robinson protests.

So, it just disagrees with you on those issues, I guess.
>The scale this generates is disproportional enough to distort public perception: In 2018, ISD identified close to 30m uses of the word “QAnon” across Twitter, YouTube and forums such as Reddit and 4chan.

Not distorted at all. Genuine support from real people. 30m? Cool.
>Groups such as Q Europe, Q Britannia and Q Deutschland are already gearing up to influence voting behaviour in a crucial election that will determine the future of the European project.

Awesome!
>#QAnon adherents organise themselves on encrypted apps such as Discord and Telegram, linking the American-centred conspiracy theory to local contexts.

It was always global with local context.
>Emotionally manipulative and tightly organised campaigns have allowed them to gather tens of thousands of supporters across Europe. They produce videos, disinformation databases and run trainings on meme creation and psychological warfare.

Correct. You may as well give up now.
>Across Europe, conspiracy theories that mix old antisemitic tropes with new ones that demonise migrants and Muslims have gained huge traction since the refugee crisis in 2015.

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>The ideas that a cabal of global elites run the world, that there is a plot to replace white English natives with Muslim migrants and that the authorities are covering up immigration numbers are among the most commonly held.

What on earth would give people these ideas?
>the spread of conspiracy theories can, in the long-term, sow societal divisions and undermine confidence in democratic processes, institutions and representatives.

Sounds awful, way worse than importing millions of Muslim men of fighting age into Europe.
>Its adherents link the MI6, Facebook and the Rothschilds to the Vatican, Hollywood, the Nazis, the Illuminati and aliens in order to explain that climate change is a hoax, the Holocaust never happened, the world is run by paedophiles, Satanists and cannibals.

Dishonest.
The journalist cries out in pain as she mischaracterizes you.
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