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The Gospel According to Q: Understanding the QAnon Conspiracy from the Perspective of Canonical Information

@inproceedings{Aliapoulios2022TheGA,
  title={The Gospel According to Q: Understanding the QAnon Conspiracy from the Perspective of Canonical Information},
  author={Maxwell Matthaios Aliapoulios and Antonis Papasavva and Cameron L. Ballard and Emiliano De Cristofaro and Gianluca Stringhini and Savvas Zannettou and Jeremy Blackburn},
  booktitle={ICWSM},
  year={2022}
}
The QAnon conspiracy theory claims that a cabal of (literally) blood-thirsty politicians and media personalities are engaged in a war to destroy society. By interpreting cryptic “drops” of information from an anonymous insider calling themself Q, adherents of the conspiracy theory believe that Donald Trump is leading them in an active fight against this cabal. QAnon has been covered extensively by the media, as its adherents have been involved in multiple violent acts, including the January 6th… 

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