[198][199], In August 2020, The New York Times suggested that the Texas Republican Party had chosen a new slogan taken directly from QAnon. It became the most popular paid app in the "entertainment" section of Apple's online store in April 2018, and the tenth most popular paid app overall. [325][326][327], This article is about the disproven far-right conspiracy theory. 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[31] In 2008, nine new boards were created, including the sports board at /sp/, the fashion board at /fa/ and the "Japan/General" (the name later changed to "Otaku Culture") board at /jp/. [214], Following the Christchurch mosque shootings numerous ISPs temporarily blocked any site hosting a copy of the livestream of the shooting. [94][95] The perpetrator of the Toronto van attack referenced 4chan and an incel rebellion in a Facebook post he made prior to the attack while praising self-identified incel Elliot Rodger, the killer behind the 2014 Isla Vista killings. [79][122] Those who wish to prove a consistent identity between posts while remaining anonymous can use a tripcode, which associates a post with a unique digital signature for any poster who knows the password. In the end, this wasn't a sinister act of censorship, but rather a bit of a mistake and a poorly executed, disproportionate response on AT&T's part. [176] On the day of Biden's inauguration, participants on 8kun differed in their views on the future of their cause. The hoax was repeated on the far-right cable news outlet One America News Network, and Trump tweeted about it. As a result of this, a suspect was arrested and the cat was treated by a veterinarian and taken to a safe place.[126][127]. [35] At an August 2019 Trump rally, a man warming up the crowd used the QAnon motto, later denying that it was a QAnon reference. It also said that the actions may apply to over 150,000 accounts. 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[213], On August 19, 2020, Trump was asked about QAnon during a press conference; he replied: "I don't know much about the movement, other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. [213], On March 20, 2019, Australian telecom company Telstra denied access to millions of Australians to 4chan, 8chan, Zero Hedge and LiveLeak as a reaction to the Christchurch mosque shootings. [256][257], QDrops, an app that promoted the conspiracy theory, was published on the Apple App Store and Google Play. [72] The idea of the "Storm", central to the QAnon canon, was claimed to have been copied from another poster named Victory of the Light, who predicted the "Event", in which mass, televised arrests of the "Cabal" were forthcoming. [163], Around midnight on September 11, 2007, a student posted photographs of mock pipe bombs and another photograph of him holding them while saying he would blow up his high school—Pflugerville High School in Pflugerville, Texas—at 9:11 am on September 11. [323], On January 12, Facebook and Twitter announced that they were removing "Stop the Steal" content and suspending 70,000 QAnon-focused accounts, respectively. [180][181][182] The next month she tweeted a video of her taking the "digital soldiers oath" that Q had requested followers to do three days earlier. [72] His posts specifically targeted individuals who were highly hated in the community beforehand, namely Clinton, Barack Obama and George Soros. 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"[165], QAnon followers' reactions included the suggestion the memo was fake, calling for the firing of FBI director Christopher A. Wray for working against Trump, and the idea that the memo was actually a "wink-and-a-nod" way of attracting attention to QAnon and tricking the media into asking Trump about it. This is a list of conspiracy theories that are notable. ", "Suspect in Hoover Dam standoff writes Trump, cites conspiracy in letters", "QAnon's Mysterious Leader 'Q' Is Actually Multiple People", "Style analysis by machine learning reveals that two authors likely shared the writing of QAnon's messages at two different periods in time", "What is Qanon? Major news outlets have reported that the issue may be related to the DDoS-ing of 4chan, and that 4chan users suspected the then-owner of Swedish-based website Anontalk.com. (April 2011) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)(Learn how and when to remove this template message) [218][219], On October 15, 2020, when given the opportunity to denounce QAnon at a "town hall"-style campaign event, Trump refused to do so and instead pointed out that QAnon opposes pedophilia. [115] In the same timeframe, QAnon followers also created a conspiracy theory claiming that furniture company Wayfair had secret arrangements to sell and ship victims of child trafficking. Whoever pulled the trigger on blackholing the site probably didn't anticipate [nor intend] the consequences of doing so. Ali had first visited 4chan "a week before [the FBI raid] happened". [72] According to Travis View, who has studied QAnon and written about it extensively for The Washington Post, the essence of the conspiracy theory is that: there is a worldwide cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who rule the world, essentially, and they control everything. [124][119] The article was shared on /co/, where the alarmist tone of the essay provoked heightened interest in the show, resulting in praise for its plot, characters, and animation style. [273][274] It would still allow content discussing QAnon if it did not target individuals. [47], On November 17, 2018, it was announced that the site would be split into two, with the work-safe boards moved to a new domain, 4channel.org, while the NSFW boards would remain on the 4chan.org domain. "[32][284], Wright was found guilty and, on 17 December 2020, sentenced to 7 years on a terrorism charge and 9 months consecutively for unlawful flight. [50][51][52][53] On the day of Biden's inauguration, Ron Watkins, who operated the 8kun message board, suggested it was time to "go back to our lives as best we are able", while other QAnon participants believed that Biden was "part of the plan". The news of the death was posted on 4chan about 38 minutes before ABC News reported it. 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