1/ I'm seeing lots of discussion about/chronicling of implosion of QAnon. And, yea, I get it. Q people are bugging out.

But, much of analysis I'm seeing I think is missing something really significant and the most durable/lasting aspect of the Q conspiracy...
2/ The Q conspiracy had a few aspects: a) Q had secret info; b) that Trump has secret plan; c) that Democrats and media were pedophilic inter-dimensional demons and/or psychic vampires; d) that the global elite was conspiracy to run massive child sex rings for these dark forces.
3/ Yes, aspects of conspiracy that centered around Q or revolved around Trump's secret plan are unraveling for many -- and freak outs reflect that.

But keep in mind: the rest of the conspiracy has so deeply seeped in that it's almost taken as a given among this group, distinct.
4/ While the Q and Trump secret aspect are challenged and the community will atomize as a result of that.

The other aspects of conspiracy have been deeply internalized by its adherents. The global elites/dems/media as pedophilic interdimensional demons endures.
5/ So, what's this mean. Well, some parts of Q community will endure, others will adapt. But then the people freaking out today, they don't suddenly have an epiphany. In a few weeks, demon pedophile stuff will increasingly infect all sorts of covid/public health discussions.
6/ tldr; pieces of Q will endure, but the rest will take the demon pedophile stuff ... and they will move to other communities/discussions. And, some will also just fast track to more violent extremism and much more explicit antisemitism.
7/ I guess what I'm getting to is: Q and Trump pieces are a key parts of it, but also remember aspect of QAnon conspiracy RE media/democrats/elites are pedophilic inter dimensional demons. Too often that gets lost. No recent events have challenged that aspect for adherents.

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20 Jan
1/ So, I took a little respite tonight. Had some cookies, a couple glasses of prosecco. Gave some thought to this chapter of the Trump saga coming to close.

For me, this all started about 8 1/2 years ago...
2/ In 2012, I was wrapping up the project that originally brought me to Media Matters from law school - a campaign focused on Glenn Beck's advertisers and News Corp's phone hacking.

Then I started a petition to get Macy's to fire Trump. It took off.
3/ As we approached nearly a million signatures, Trump started to attack me. He attacked me on Twitter, tried to sue me for $35 million, sent his bodyguard to threaten me in person at a petition delivery (yes. that really happened), he went after my dad's business, etc...
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11 Jan
1/ So here's what I'm struggling with. I think reasonable for Apple/Google to send letter and ultimately remove Parler from App Store due to lax enforcement and also potential risks.

But why didn't Facebook also get a letter demanding they address issues or risk removal?
2/ Facebook had much bigger role in creating conditions that led to as well as organizing for January 6 event.

We tracked people using FB to organize attendees to bring guns to the Jan 6 event. FB did nothing. mediamatters.org/facebook/users…
3/ So if it's about accountability for past violations as well as preventing future threats, while Parler is certainly a concern...the big problem is actually Facebook and Facebook's either unwillingness or inability to address disinfo and violence their platform facilitates.
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1/ If you're not steeped in right-wing media/online fever swamps, it's hard to convey how intense past 2 months have been.

But everyone from Fox News down to smallest conspiracy site has flooded zone with lies about election being stolen and promises Trump can retain power
2/ Trump was right at the center of that feedback loop. Amplifying the lies/assurances/calls to action, which in turns fueled them. Republican politicians picked up on this over recent weeks, giving the efforts further legitimacy and a chance of success.
3/ Trump aided by Fox, extremists and right-wing media further promoted and sowed the seeds of confusion and chaos.

I can't emphasize just how significant a role Fox News played in laying the foundation for this moment over the past couple months.
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1/ Facebook is being deceitful and negligent on this issue more broadly. Maybe criminally so, to be frank.

For the better part of a year, they have been advised about how extremists were exploiting their lax enforcement on closed groups.

They rebuffed and dismissed.
2/ Worse. Back in April, they assured many governors they had removed reopen groups. They lied. They only removed public ones, left private ones and told the governors they complied with request and law.

We had to literally expose the private groups and call them out for it.
3/ What I’m getting to is this: there are a range of very simple things that could have done to prevent extremists not only from exploiting facebook’s lax framework but from benefitting from Facebook recruitment.
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1/ The way Facebook is handling this QAnon ban is alarming and deceitful.

So, FB announced a ban on QAnon yesterday. *After* announcement, they began telling reporters that it would take a few weeks to implement.

Yikes. Don't get fooled. Here's why that is deceptive and bad...
2/ By announcing the ban, but not being able to fully enforce it nearly immediately, what Facebook is doing is giving the QAnon community an opportunity to do two things: a) adapt/modify their pages to avoid ban; and, b) transition to other platforms w/out.
3/ But it gets worse. There is actually no reason at all for the lagging enforcement.

Back in August, Facebook banned *violent* QAnon communities - a subset of QAnon. During that action, they already largely compiled and identified the Q communities to assess for violence.
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2/ When Trump started to boot some outlets from briefings, instead of emphasizing solidarity and nipping it in the bud; they basically ignored it.
3/ The WHCA literally put out statements at one point heralding Trump as the "most accessible" president ever. Not only was the statement absurd, but also false.
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