QAnon migrates to Gab

After getting de-platformed on Twitter and Facebook, and with Parler down, QAnoners are flocking to Gab, the social media platform that rose to infamy in 2018. From Vice:

Gab drew little attention — and few users — until 2018, when it was propelled into the headlines after it was revealed that the man accused of shooting 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue had been posting vile anti-Semitic rhetoric on Gab for years.

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How to make money betting against Qanon

Patrick Cage used the betting market PredictIt to bet against Qanon adherents who believe that predictions made by an anonymous person or persons on 8kun calling themselves Q will come true. Cage is winning.

From The Atlantic:

That's when Cage started paying attention to the PredictIt comments sections, where people were posting snippets of what looked like nonsense to him.

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A game designer explains the success of QAnon, in terms of game design

Reed Berkowitz is the director of the Curioser Institute, which explores the structure and psychology of storytelling through interactive experiences — largely using games, particularly with augmented reality. As a professional game designer, he's been fascinated by QAnon, and the ways it seems to have exploited and subverted the tools of interactive gaming with almost frightening efficiency and deliberate intention. — Read the rest

Philadelphia: Armed Qanon supporters arrested near vote counting site

Two male Qanon followers armed with loaded handguns were arrested near the Philadelphia convention center late yesterday, at the site of an ongoing vote count that could decide the presidential election.

Philly police said on Friday that Joshua Macias, 42, and Antonio LaMotta, 61, traveled from the Virginia Beach, Virginia, area in a Hummer, and lacked permits to carry their guns in Pennsylvania. — Read the rest

A rare interview with a recovering QAnon'er

Jitarth Jadeja is an Australian who spent some time living in the US, and regretfully spent two years of his life down the QAnon wormhole.

Once Jadeja found QAnon he was quickly sucked in. He would spend time on websites that aggregated posts supposedly from Q, which often first appear on darker corners of the internet like 8kun.

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Here are the 17 Republicans who refused to condemn QAnon in a House vote

The House voted on a bill Friday "Condemning QAnon and rejecting the conspiracy theories it promotes." It passed overwhelmingly, 371 to 18. The 18 members voting not to condemn QAnon included the usual cast of unctuous characters, including Paul Gossar and Steve King:

  • Arrington-TX
  • Babin-TX
  • Bishop-UT
  • Brooks-AL
  • Burgess-TX
  • Carter-GA
  • Davidson-OH
  • Duncan-SC
  • Ferguson-GA
  • Flores-TX
  • Gosar-AZ
  • Kelly-PA
  • King-IA
  • Norman-SC
  • Perry-PA
  • Tiffany-WI
  • Webster-FL

Who is behind QAnon? The Reply All podcast investigates

The latest issue of one of my favorite podcasts, Reply All, looks into the origins of QAnon:

PJ Vogt looks into a theory circling the internet about who might be behind QAnon. The investigation takes him back to the beginning of the QAnon scam – including the message board trolls who started it and the shadowy father and son duo who have allegedly co-opted it.

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