Community may be the key to reaching out to QAnon members

Emotionally charged content kept people online, apart, and deeper into QAnon during the pandemic, according to a terrorism expert.



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How deep does a conspiracy go when facts don’t seem to support it?

And what happens when a group of anonymous people share thoughts on how the government and society are run?

The pandemic created an era of isolation and uncertainty that left many American’s asking who was responsible.

How has the conspiracy theory ensnared countless Americans? And what can be done to help followers find their way out and back into the light?

We discuss with Mia Bloom and Sophia Moskalenko, co-authors of Pastels and Pedophiles: Inside the Mind of QAnon.

And a former QAnon member shares why she became “Target Karen” and why she left the group behind.


Mia Bloom

Sophia Moskalenko

Melissa Rein Lively

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