Q Alerts: the anonymous user behind the QAnon conspiracy theory, hasn’t posted in six months, some followers still believe their so-called leader will return.
Q Alerts Important Information
Since Q began posting on 4chan in 2017, QAnon followers have been waiting for “Q drops,” or clues from the self-described “government insider.”
Q sent out nearly 5,000 mysterious messages between 2017 and 2020.
Q’s most recent post, a link to a pro-Trump YouTube video, was made on December 8, nearly a month before the Capitol incident (since deleted).
Previously, the longest Q was silent was roughly three months in 2019—when 4chan’s successor, 8chan, went offline—leaving scholars to conclude that the final Q post was on December 8.
Some Q devotees have kept the conspiracy theory alive by scouring old posts for new “clues” and inventing new versions of the conspiracy theory.
Others believe Q will resurface, and they continue to offer new dates for the “storm,” the alleged day when former President Donald Trump would bust a global Satanic child-sex trafficking organisation headed by Democrats and Hollywood stars.
According to Forbes, Mike Rothschild, author of The Storm Is Upon Us, a book about QAnon, believes Q will not post again. “I believe the December 8 drop will be the last,” Rothschild added, “since the Q movement has outgrown the necessity for further drops.” “The Q movement’s central prophecy currently is that Trump will be re-elected, and Q painted a picture of Trump as unbeatable—which doesn’t fit with the actual scenario.” If “the community absolutely required new drops to keep it moving ahead,” Rothschild noted, it’s “quite feasible” that Q may return.
IMPORTANT BACKGROUND INFORMATION
After President Joe Biden was inaugurated on January 20, many QAnon members lost faith, and their big day, predictably, never came. Since then, some have offered new dates for Trump’s reinstatement, a conspiracy that the former president is said to support. Mike Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor who has previously shown sympathy for QAnon, called for a Myanmar-style coup in the United States during a QAnon conference in Dallas last month. Later, Flynn backed back his remarks. Many QAnon members have indicated support for the so-called “Domino hypothesis,” which holds that Arizona’s disputed election audit would reveal voter fraud, giving the state to Trump, before a similar event occurs in other states, re-electing the former president.
AN AWESOME FACT
The identity of Q is still a mystery. However, Ron Watkins, the administrator of 8kun, appeared to hint he was the guy behind the conspiracy theory during an HBO interview for a QAnon documentary that aired in April, when he accidentally seemed to tip his hand. In a later message on his Telegram channel, Watkins denied being Q.
After social media firms tightened down on the conspiracy in January in the aftermath of the Capitol violence, most Q activity has shifted underground. According to a report released last month by the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Lab, QAnon information is “evaporating” from the mainstream Web.