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https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/16/misinformation-trump-twitter/

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump

Zignal Labs charts 73 percent decline on Twitter and beyond following historic action against the president

Online misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after several social media sites suspended President Trump and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.

 

The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter.

Election disinformation had for months been a major subject of online misinformation, beginning even before the Nov. 3 election and pushed heavily by Trump and his allies.

 

Zignal found it dropped swiftly and steeply on Twitter and other platforms in the days after the Twitter ban took hold on Jan. 8.

The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday, highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites — reinforcing and amplifying each other — and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference.

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

 

 

The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from Twitter.

Election disinformation had for months been a major subject of online misinformation, beginning even before the Nov. 3 election and pushed heavily by Trump and his allies.

 

 

Isn't that kind of like saying; "Complaints in Japan about the price of gas dropped dramatically in the week following the tsunami."  D'uh!

Twitter bans Trump and fewer people are talking about election fraud - it's because people are talking about the ban instead.  Morons.

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Yet are they morons?

With trump gone, less fiery divisive lies are being thrown out, therefore those who have belief in conspiracy theories and untruths have less to complain about.

Valid argument.

Besides, trump hasn't been silenced, the White House press briefing room has sat empty for how long?

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A new 3rd (sadly) world country getting ready for their inauguration.  ☹️ Are stories like this just fanning the flames? Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week (apnews.com)

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-capitol-siege-donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-racial-injustice-afde8d98740e057b340efa63c2d40007
 

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

By DAVID A. LIEB and ADAM GELLERan hour ago

The threat of extremist groups descending on statehouses across the country in demonstrations Sunday prompted some governors to roll out a massive show of force and ramp up security, less than two weeks after a mob overran the nation’s Capitol.

Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

The stepped-up security measures were intended to safeguard seats of government from the type of violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, when a supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the building while Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote.

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1 hour ago, Kargokings said:

A new 3rd (sadly) world country getting ready for their inauguration.  ☹️ Are stories like this just fanning the flames? Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week (apnews.com)

Statehouses, US capital brace for potentially violent week

By DAVID A. LIEB and ADAM GELLERan hour ago

The threat of extremist groups descending on statehouses across the country in demonstrations Sunday prompted some governors to roll out a massive show of force and ramp up security, less than two weeks after a mob overran the nation’s Capitol.

Fencing, boarded-up windows and lines of police and National Guard troops have transformed statehouse grounds ahead of expected demonstrations leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.

The stepped-up security measures were intended to safeguard seats of government from the type of violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, when a supporters of President Donald Trump swarmed the building while Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote.



The last thing I want to do is revive the TDS thread....BUT....Personally I blame (1). the greatest culprit...the MSM and (2) the Democrats for being so divisive and HATE filled the last 4 years. 

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58 minutes ago, deicer said:

 

With trump gone, less fiery divisive lies are being thrown out, therefore those who have belief in conspiracy theories and untruths have less to complain about.

 

Did you even read what you wrote?  Less fiery divisive lies (your words) about election fraud but no measurement taken of how much or what is being said about censorship.

That's my point - they ban Trump from Twitter and then say it was a good thing because people aren't talking about the same things as last week - there's a gaping hole in the data that needs to be looked at before you can call the response to the banning a "good" thing.

What if the fiery, divisive lies about censorship went up by 1000% as a result of the banning?  What if fiery, divisive lies about censorship turn out to be more of a problem than election fraud?

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Did you even read what you wrote?  Less fiery divisive lies (your words) about election fraud but no measurement taken of how much or what is being said about censorship.

That's my point - they ban Trump from Twitter and then say it was a good thing because people aren't talking about the same things as last week - there's a gaping hole in the data that needs to be looked at before you can call the response to the banning a "good" thing.

What if the fiery, divisive lies about censorship went up by 1000% as a result of the banning?  What if fiery, divisive lies about censorship turn out to be more of a problem than election fraud?

Good Morning

We are already seeing the effects of divisive lies.  Isn't that why there was an attempted coup in the U.S. on Jan 6th?  Isn't that why there are currently more troops in D.C. than there were in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?  Isn't that why gun sales are through the roof in the U.S.?

When you have an individual that uses his position to cause such damage through untruths, something has to be done to tone it back down.

It's capitalism.  The platforms that censored trump are private companies.  Do they not have liability for what happens with/on their platforms?  

And as far as censorship goes, trump has never been censored.  As it indicated in a meme I have posted, the White House press briefing podium has been gathering dust for a long time.  He can use the tools provided for him by his position to communicate.

The more important question is: Why doesn't he?

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1 hour ago, deicer said:

When you have an individual that uses his position to cause such damage through untruths, something has to be done to tone it back down.

The Hypocrisy crowd on full display.

 

 

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Deicer;

I'm commenting on one thing - one thing only.  The claim that banning Trump from Twitter resulted in less misinformation because there was less discussion of election fraud. 

The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday, highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites — reinforcing and amplifying each other — and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference.

This conclusion is completely unfounded without a measurement of how much discussion there was on other platforms and how much discussion there was about other topics (such as censorship).

I don't care about the discussion of election fraud or censorship (in this situation) what I care about is the claim that measuring one small item can be extrapolated to make a larger claim.

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Interesting that America has condemned the actions in other countries when a coup or other insurrection takes place and now....They are living it.

I suppose it is the inevitable ending.

The Wealthy get wealthier, The Greedy get Greedier, the poor get poorer and the divide get wider until it all collapses in on itself.

  

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29 minutes ago, seeker said:

Deicer;

I'm commenting on one thing - one thing only.  The claim that banning Trump from Twitter resulted in less misinformation because there was less discussion of election fraud. 

The findings, from Jan. 9 through Friday, highlight how falsehoods flow across social media sites — reinforcing and amplifying each other — and offer an early indication of how concerted actions against misinformation can make a difference.

This conclusion is completely unfounded without a measurement of how much discussion there was on other platforms and how much discussion there was about other topics (such as censorship).

I don't care about the discussion of election fraud or censorship (in this situation) what I care about is the claim that measuring one small item can be extrapolated to make a larger claim.

But is it one small item?

Interesting how 'one small item' has made so much change in so little time.

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https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/why-does-the-usa-not-have-mandatory-paid-vacation

Out Of 21 Of The Richest Countries On The Planet, The U.S. Is The Only One That Doesn't Offer Paid Vacation

A recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) shows that the U.S. continues to be the only country out of 21 "rich countries," (including 16 European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand) that does not offer workers mandatory paid vacation time and paid holidays. The report includes a chart laying out how much paid time off is offered to workers in other nations around the world, and seeing the U.S. with a little “zero” next to it can be a little demoralizing.

 
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Says it all...

https://news.gallup.com/poll/328637/last-trump-job-approval-average-record-low.aspx

Last Trump Job Approval 34%; Average Is Record-Low 41%

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Last job approval rating of 34% is his lowest
  • Averages 41% job approval, four points lower than any other president
  • Approval ratings of Trump most politically polarized by wide margin

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, 34% of Americans approve of the job he is doing as president, the worst evaluation of his presidency. His 41% average approval rating throughout his presidency is four points lower than for any of his predecessors in Gallup's polling era. Trump's ratings showed a record 81-percentage-point average gap between Republicans and Democrats -- 11 points wider than the prior record.

Trump Leaves on a Personal Low Note

The 34% job approval rating for Trump in Gallup's Jan. 4-15 poll is one point lower than his prior lowest single rating, registered on several occasions in late 2017. The first of these came in August 2017, as Trump was facing intense criticism over his unvarnished threats against North Korean aggression and his response to deadly violence by a white nationalist at a protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Between October and December of that year, his approval fell to 35% on three separate occasions as Justice Department officials charged several of Trump's 2016 campaign figures with crimes in the Russia investigation, including former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to officials in the investigation in December 2017.

Trump's approval high point was 49%, achieved on several occasions in early 2020 spanning the time between the Senate trial in his first impeachment and the initial stages of the coronavirus pandemic, when Americans were giving him high marks for his response to it.

His support fell below 40% in two June 2020 polls amid racial justice protests in response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police and growing displeasure with his handling of the pandemic. By the time of the 2020 election in which he sought a second term, his support had recovered somewhat, and 46% approved of the job Trump was doing.

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Line graph. Full trend on Donald Trump's job approval rating as president. Trump began his presidency with a 45% job approval rating. By the end of 2017 he registered several 35% readings. In mid-2018 that improved briefly to 45%, but was 38% at the time of the 2018 midterm elections. He registered several 49% readings in early 2020 before falling to 39% in May 2020. He ended his presidency with 34% approval.

Trump is the only president not to register a 50% job approval rating at any point in his presidency since Gallup began measuring presidential job approval in 1938. Likewise, he is the only president who did not have a honeymoon period of above-average ratings upon taking office. His initial 45% job approval rating proved to be his high point for his first year as president.

However, public support for Trump did improve modestly in each year of his presidency, averaging 38% his first year, 40% his second year, 42% his third year and 43% his last year.

But any positive momentum the president enjoyed was erased after the election. Trump's refusal to concede the election and his attempts to overturn the results, the Jan. 6 riots on Capitol Hill, a U.S. surge in coronavirus cases and deaths, and his second impeachment contributed to a postelection erosion in support for him.

The total 12-point drop in approval for Trump after the election is especially notable in that most departing presidents -- including two who were defeated for a second term -- enjoyed increases in job approval ratings between the time of the election to choose their successor and his inauguration. On average, "lame duck presidents" before Trump saw a seven-point increase in job approval. Jimmy Carter is the only other president whose approval ratings declined during the transition period.

Changes in Presidential Job Approval During Lame-Duck Period
Presidents who left office on Inauguration Day, shown in chronological order
  Years Final pre-election
approval rating
Final approval rating
as president
Change
    % % pct. pts.
Note: Kennedy (assassination) and Nixon (resignation) did not have lame-duck periods. Kennedy had a 58% job approval rating in a Nov. 8-13, 1963, poll, the last taken before he was killed on Nov. 22, 1963. Nixon had a 24% job approval rating in an Aug. 2-5, 1974, poll, the last taken before he resigned on Aug. 9, 1974.
GALLUP
Truman 1952-1953 32 32 0
Eisenhower 1960-1961 58 59 +1
Johnson 1968-1969 42 49 +7
Ford 1976-1977 45 53 +8
Carter 1980-1981 37 34 -3
Reagan 1988-1989 51 63 +12
G.H.W. Bush 1992-1993 34 56 +22
Clinton 2000-2001 57 66 +9
G.W. Bush 2008-2009 25 34 +9
Obama 2016-2017 56 59 +3
Trump 2020-2021 46 34 -12

Though many presidents left office with weak job approval ratings, Trump is the second, along with Richard Nixon, to register his personal low rating in the final measurement of his presidency. Nixon resigned his office amid the Watergate scandal.

Record-Low Average Job Approval; Most Extreme Party Polarization

Trump is departing office having averaged 41% job approval during his four years in office, lower than any other president in Gallup polling history by four points. Harry Truman and Carter had the previous lowest presidency averages. Nixon, Gerald Ford, George W. Bush and Barack Obama also averaged less than 50% approval. John Kennedy had the highest average approval rating. The average across all presidents is 53%.

Presidential Job Approval Averages
  Years Average % approve
Figures are the average Gallup job approval ratings for presidents throughout their time in office.
GALLUP
Kennedy 1961-1963 70.1
Eisenhower 1953-1961 65.0
G.H.W. Bush 1989-1993 60.9
Clinton 1993-2001 55.1
Johnson 1963-1969 55.1
Reagan 1981-1989 52.8
G.W. Bush 2001-2009 49.4
Nixon 1969-1974 49.0
Obama 2009-2017 47.9
Ford 1974-1977 47.2
Carter 1977-1981 45.5
Truman 1945-1953 45.4
Trump 2017-2021 41.1

A major reason Trump's ratings were historically low is because of the extreme polarization in his approval. In the Jan. 4-15 poll, 4% of Democrats, 30% of independents and 82% of Republicans approve of Trump's performance.

Throughout his presidency, an average of 7% of Democrats approved of the job Trump was doing, while 88% of Republicans did so. The 81-point average gap in Democratic-Republican ratings of Trump exceeds the prior record for party polarization, under Obama, by 11 points. George W. Bush's ratings differed by 61 points on average between party groups, while all other presidents' party gaps were 55 points or lower. No president before Ronald Reagan had as much as a 50-point gap in partisan approval ratings.

Average Presidential Job Approval Ratings, by Party
Presidents shown in chronological order
  Party Republicans Independents Democrats Party gap
    % % % pct. pts.
Note: Gallup does not have complete party data for Truman
GALLUP
Eisenhower Rep 88 68 49 39
Kennedy Dem 49 66 84 35
Johnson Dem 44 53 71 27
Nixon Rep 75 48 34 41
Ford Rep 68 49 37 31
Carter Dem 30 42 57 27
Reagan Rep 83 54 31 52
G.H.W. Bush Rep 82 57 44 38
Clinton Dem 27 53 82 55
G.W. Bush Rep 84 44 23 61
Obama Dem 13 44 83 70
Trump Rep 88 37 7 81

Trump's 7% rating among Democrats is by a significant margin the lowest for a president among supporters of the opposition party. Obama's 13% average approval among Republicans was the prior low. All other presidents before Obama had at least a 20% average rating among opposition party supporters, with Dwight Eisenhower, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and George H.W. Bush all above 40%.

At the same time, no president has had a higher average job approval rating during his term among his own party's supporters than Trump has. Republicans' average 88% approval of Trump ties Eisenhower's as the highest own-party approval score, though most presidents had better-than 80% approval among their fellow partisans.

Trump's last year in office also set a new standard for polarization in a single year in office, with an average 85-point gap between Republicans' (91%) and Democrats' (6%) ratings of him during his fourth year in the White House. Trump's term now includes the first-, second-, third- and seventh-most polarized years in office.

In Gallup's final survey before Election Day 2020, 92 points separated Republicans' (95%) and Democrats' (3%) approval of Trump, the most ever in a single measurement.

In addition to extreme party polarization, Trump's job approval ratings were historically low because political independents were significantly less likely to support him than any other president. Trump averaged 37% job approval among independents throughout his term, five points lower than Carter (42%) and seven points lower than George W. Bush (44%) and Obama (44%).

Bottom Line

Trump leaves office as the least-positively evaluated president in the Gallup polling era, based on the average of his approval ratings. He also just received his personal low approval rating, thanks largely to a sharp decline in public support during a lame-duck period marked by controversy, which could overshadow his accomplishments.

His final job approval rating of 34% is not the lowest among presidents, however, as that distinction goes to Harry Truman's 32% rating, while Trump is tied with Carter and George W. Bush for the second-lowest.

The significance of Trump's final rating could be more important than his average, as the former is the one that is often most predictive of how presidents are regarded historically.

Perhaps more than anything, Trump's public support will be remembered for its sharp degree of party polarization. His Republican base remained solidly behind him throughout. At no point in his presidency did less than 77% of Republicans approve of him. The low-water marks for other recent GOP presidents were significantly lower -- 67% for Reagan, 57% for George H.W. Bush and 55% for George W. Bush.

But more than any other president, Trump struggled to appeal beyond his base. That made it extremely challenging for him to win a second term, especially considering that fewer than one in three U.S. adults identify as Republicans and more independents lean to the Democratic Party than the Republican Party. As such, all of his job approval ratings were below the historical average, and none reached 50%.

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I always think it’s impossible for society to get crazier...then this... O M * G

King toppled from throne by gender-neutral card deck

 

Indy Mellink, a Dutch card fan, was explaining a game to her cousins last summer when she asked herself: why should a king be worth more than a queen?

The 23-year-old forensic psychology graduate, encouraged by her father, decided it was time to break with the centuries-old tradition of sexual inequality in playing card decks that rank men above women.

"If we have this hierarchy that the king is worth more than the queen then this subtle inequality influences people in their daily life because it's just another way of saying 'hey, you're less important," she said in an interview. "Even subtle inequalities like this do play a big role."

After a lot of trial and error, she designed a genderless deck in which the images of a king, queen and jack were replaced with gold, silver and bronze.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/king-toppled-from-throne-by-gender-neutral-card-deck-1.5273278?cid=sm%3Atrueanthem%3Actvnews%3Apost&utm_campaign=trueAnthem%3A+Trending+Content&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0igGvUKaE84lF7Jdmmaw49W46uAoIlcc51H7X-qm-SALIeONOA2j61Fv8

 

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Having just recently experienced what this process entails, I believe it is a subject worth informing yourself about.

 

With nearly everyone in Canada distracted by a pandemic and related mortality rates, the federal government has been quietly orchestrating what is likely to prove a far greater expansion in our country’s future death count. And in ways much more troubling than Covid-19.

Bill C-7 is Ottawa’s planned amendment to existing doctor-assisted suicide legislation. It proposes to substantially increase the range of people who qualify for so-called Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) by dropping current restrictions on anyone whose death is not “reasonably foreseeable”, eliminating lengthy waiting periods and removing the requirement of mental competency immediately prior to the procedure. What few controls it proposes to retain – such as restricting its use by those suffering solely from mental illness – are likely to be swept aside by human rights complaints given the fact every other limitation has already been removed.

In normal circumstances, federal legislation proposing nearly unlimited suicide-on-demand would be expected to monopolize political, media and public attention and prompt numerous public demonstrations and other obvious expressions of interest ­– just as the original legislation did throughout the last decade. Not so today.

https://c2cjournal.ca/2021/01/canadas-newest-and-deadliest-human-right-assisted-suicide-for-all/

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Reality bites back...

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/20/tech/qanon-believers-inauguration-reaction/index.html

QAnon believers are in disarray after Biden is inaugurated

For years, believers of the QAnon conspiracy theory had been waiting for the moment when a grand plan would be put into action and secret members of a supposed Satanic pedophilia ring at the highest ranks of government and Hollywood would suddenly be exposed, rounded up and possibly even publicly executed. They were nearly always sure it was right around the corner, but "The Storm" never came — and the moment of Joe Biden's inauguration was the last possible opportunity for President Donald Trump to put the plan in motion.

But as Biden raised his hand and swore an oath to defend the Constitution, becoming the nation's 46th president — nothing happened.
The anti-climax sent QAnon adherents into a frenzy of confusion and disbelief, almost instantly shattering a collective delusion that had been nurtured and amplified by many on the far right. Now, in addition to being scattered to various smaller websites after Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) cracked down on QAnon-related content, believers risked having their own topsy-turvy world turned upside down, or perhaps right-side up.
Members of a QAnon-focused Telegram channel, and some users of the image board 4chan, vowed to keep the faith. Others proclaimed they were renouncing their beliefs. Still others devised new theories that purported to push the ultimate showdown further into the future. One of the ideology's most visible icons, Ron Watkins — who goes by the online moniker CodeMonkeyZ — told supporters to "go back to our lives."
"The most hardcore QAnon followers are in disarray," said Daniel J. Jones, president of Advance Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit that tracks extremist groups and misinformation online. "After years of waiting for the 'Great Awakening,' QAnon adherents seemed genuinely shocked to see President Biden successfully inaugurated. A significant percentage online are writing that they are now done with the QAnon, while others are doubling down and promoting new conspiracies."
The smattering of reactions underscores the uncertain future now facing the QAnon movement, which tech companies had allowed to metastasize on their platforms for years but didn't start taking action against in earnest until 2020.
The baseless conspiracy theory has been circulating since 2017. In addition to alleging a vast child-trafficking conspiracy, those who were drawn in claim that government bureaucrats comprising a "deep state" were quietly working to undermine President Donald Trump's agenda. Trump himself fueled the claims by refusing to publicly denounce them on national television.
And people identifying as part of the QAnon movement were part of the mob of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol earlier this month.
 
Following the riots, QAnon supporters eagerly anticipated the moment of Biden's inauguration.
"As the noose tightens around the deep state, some people are becoming more and more desperate to discredit Q," one 4chan user posted on Wednesday morning. "I guess what they say is true. The flack is heaviest over the target."
But after Biden's swearing-in came and went, panic set in.
"We were promised arrests, exposures, military regime, classified documents. where is it????????" wrote one member of the QAnon-linked Telegram channel, which has nearly 128,000 subscribers.
"I'm scared, feeling sick in my stomach, but I am holding the line still," said another.
"Well babies are still being raped and eaten, any f**kin minute now GOD," said another.
Some began acknowledging the truth.
"Biden is our president," a fourth user in the Telegram channel said. "It's time to get off our devices and get back to reality. If something happens then something happens, but for now I'm logging out of all social media. It's been fun guys but it's unfortunately over."
Other believers insisted that the lack of a climax was itself a part of the plan, theorizing that Trump merely "allowed" Biden to become president "for appearances" while the former reality show host would be the one pulling the strings. "Anything that happens in the next 4 years is actually President Trumps doing," wrote one 4chan user.
"It's a hot mess, frankly," said Carla Hill, research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, of the various reactions of QAnon believers. "Frustration started seeping in. There is some embarrassment, some anger ... A range of [new] conspiracies are spinning out of this and they are arguing among themselves."
The apparent ease with which some QAnon believers have been able to adjust the theory to suit new events underscores how slippery the conspiracy theory can be. But the proliferation of new theories and beliefs could also lead to a splintering of the movement — and, some extremism experts warn, a potentially new crisis in mental health.
As QAnon believers got pulled deeper into the conspiracy theory, they built a comforting belief system around themselves, said Marc Ambinder, a senior fellow who studies mis- and disinformation at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
"The 'plan' was so much more powerful in the abstract than anything you could offer in the real world to counter it," he said.
But now, as many QAnon supporters are increasingly confronted by reality, the resulting cognitive dissonance could break them, Ambinder said — with potentially devastating consequences.
"This type of event is the kind of thing that can set somebody who is already incredibly anxious, in the time of a horrible global pandemic, feeling like they're completely pushed to the edge," Ambinder said, saying he fears more of the type of violence that the country witnessed at the US Capitol two weeks ago.
In recent weeks, CNN has seen Trump supporters embracing the idea of martial law in large numbers on various social networks. Earlier this week, a Telegram account falsely purporting to be run by Gen. John Hyten, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the moment some supporters had been waiting for -- that is Trump finally acting and using the military to crush his enemies -- was coming. A spokesperson for Gen. Hyten told CNN Tuesday morning that the account is "an absolute fake" and added the Pentagon was "actively working" to get it taken down.
Major social networks have stepped up their crackdowns of QAnon as of late. On Tuesday night, Facebook said that since August it has removed about 18,300 Facebook profiles and 27,300 accounts on its subsidiary Instagram for violating its policies against QAnon. The company has also removed 10,500 groups and 510 events for the same reason.
Last week, Twitter said it banned more than 70,000 accounts for promoting QAnon.
But that may not be enough. People who are embedded in conspiracy theories do not listen to authoritative voices, said Ambinder, but rather to the voices they consider to be authoritative in upholding their worldview.
Even though Trump may no longer be president, he and his political allies — some of whom still serve in government — may be some of the only ones who can draw QAnon believers back to the real world, according to Ambinder.
"For the sake of hundreds of thousands of people who are still trapped in the QAnon alternate world and have no idea what to do," said Ambinder, "this is when Republicans who cynically and willfully spread the false 'election was stolen' rumor need to step up."
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