Who’s Q, the nameless poster who kicked off the conspiracy-driven proper wing motion often called QAnon?
Whereas there may be nonetheless no definitive reply, a brand new research appears to again claims that there’s a couple of particular person writing them and that there is a “new Q” at work.
In keeping with a by the textual content authentication firm OrphAnalytics, a machine studying carried out on Q’s “drops” discovered that there are two completely different folks answerable for Q’s postings, and so they had been working throughout utterly separate timeframes.
The corporate’s know-how is usually used to detect circumstances of plagiarism, doc manipulation, and fraud. For this research, they used it to research 4,952 of Q’s posts, which is the entire variety of drops that’d been made when the research was carried out.
From that evaluation, OrphAnalytics discovered a “distinct particular person signature” within the model of the posts made on the imageboard, 4chan, between Oct. 28 and Dec. 1, 2017. When Q later moved to posting on 8chan, a competing imageboard, it’s clear to OrphAnalytics that one other particular person took over writing for the Q account.
QAnon started as a far proper wing conspiracy concept and has since morphed right into a mainstream motion, rising amid the COVID-19 lockdowns. Q’s followers imagine that President Donald Trump is secretly battling a worldwide satanic pedophile ring run by his political enemies, comparable to Hollywood elites and members of the Democratic Social gathering.
Q, who stays nameless, claims to be a high-ranking member of the Trump administration and shares “prime secret info” together with his supporters. QAnon followers digest every of Q’s postings and try to parse them for coded info.
In 2018, a report by tracked down three people who pushed the QAnon conspiracy in its earliest months, when Q was on 4chan. Nevertheless, many who analysis, observe, and report on QAnon imagine that Jim Watkins, the present proprietor of 8kun (which often called 8chan till late 2019), is the person presently behind Q’s posts.
Fredrick Brennan, who based 8chan in 2013, has beforehand that Jim Watkins is now Q and has been because the nameless account moved from posting on 4chan to 8chan. Brennan believes the unique “Q” is South African conspiracy theorist Paul Furber, a person additionally named within the NBC Information report. Brennan offered 8chan to Watkins in 2014 and labored with him till reducing ties with the positioning in 2016.
Whereas the query of who Q remains to be open, this new research offers much more proof to again up the speculation that there’s been a couple of Q over time.