December 01, 2020

World Jewish congress report - QAnon: a conspiracy myth

QAnon is a conspiracy myth that began to gain influence among users of online platforms starting in 2017, predominately among those based in the United States. The core of the myth asserts that an anonymous individual, ‘Q’, with a high-level U.S. intelligence security clearance, is leaking information about Trump’s secret war with a cabal run by criminal politicians and the Hollywood elite funded by George Soros and the Rothschild family. 

Over the past three years, the QAnon myth has quickly gained support internationally and has moved into the offline sphere. This support has continued to grow at a more rapid rate amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

QAnon supporters drive hashtags and coordinate abuse of perceived enemies. Several QAnon supporters have been arrested after making threats or acting offline. 

This report aims to provide an overview of the QAnon phenomenon, its origins, core beliefs, rise in Europe, and connection to antisemitism.