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QAnon and the Growing Conspiracy Theory Trend on Social Media   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Recently on various social media platforms, there has been a growing trend in posting false content in affiliation with conspiracy theories. In particular, the American-based QAnon conspiracy theory has gained a lot of traction as a means of 'finding the truth' amidst the online information confusion ad frustration within the context of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. [...] In this report, the Get the Trolls Out! (GTTO) team of organisations from 6 European countries documented the information found in association with QAnon through media monitoring of social media platforms, primarily Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. [...] Despite being an American-based conspiracy theory, the QAnon trend has spread all over the world. To this respect, this report includes information collected in multiple different languages and in the context of multiple European countries. [...] Due to the variety of national contexts in which media monitoring was conducted, the report is broken down by country and the associated context."

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2020-06
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Media Diversity Institute
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