Senior Researcher @mmfa, focusing on social media misinfo/disinfo & online extremism. Statements are mine, not employer's. Send tips to akaplan@mediamatters.org

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Folks, my QAnon candidates tracking is back for another cycle. If you have any tips regarding any possible QAnon-connected candidates at ANY level -- federal, state, local -- PLEASE email me at akaplan@mediamatters.org.
NEW from me: Here are the QAnon supporters running for Congress in 2022. We begin with 19 candidates. mediamatters.org/qanon-consp…
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QAnon influencer Juan O Savin while appearing on a QAnon-supporting channel (mediamatters.org/media/39148…) said regarding Kamala Harris that "one of my congressional friends ... called me up & asked me to kind of review with them the way that Spiro Agnew was removed from office."
Replying to @AlKapDC
Savin while on the QAnon show also said that he met recently with a U.S. Senator, though he did not say which one.
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We are now up to 10 gubernatorial candidates in 2021 or 2022 who have endorsed/given credence to/promoted QAnon at some level. The newest addition is Shiva Ayyadurai, a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate. mediamatters.org/qanon-consp…
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QAnon influencer Tore has posted photos claiming to show she was invited to & had press credentials for the January 6 rally.
QAnon influencer Tore has claimed that she was "on [the] White House list" for attending the January 6 rally that preceded the insurrection.
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QAnon influencer QAnon John has announced that voter fraud conspiracy theorist David Clements will be attending the next QAnon conference in Las Vegas in February.
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Alex Kaplan retweeted
NEW: Facebook has sold ads promoting anti-vaccine messages, comparing the US government's response to Covid-19 to Nazi Germany, casting doubt on the result of the 2020 election, and even pushing political violence. cnn.com/2021/12/02/tech/face… @AC360
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Alex Kaplan retweeted
New: Far-right activists and neo-Nazis are weaponizing Twitter’s new rule against anti-extremism researchers. Fears of a chilling effect for those documenting real-world hate: "Emboldening to the fascists" wapo.st/3xS5dzp
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A reminder that The Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft was alleged to be part of a QAnon-connected effort to recruit secretary of state candidates throughout the country in 2022 in order to push false voter fraud claims.
New: Two Georgia election workers, Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss, are suing pro-Trump conspiracy site Gateway Pundit. They allege Gateway Pundit conducted “a campaign of lies,” forcing Freeman from her home. Strangers twice attempted "citizens arrests" at her home. Story coming.
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Alex Kaplan retweeted
Good morning and welcome to what has been a real-life obsession for me for the past 3 months: The Magic Dirt MLM and the mudslinger who rallied new covid deniers and anti-vaxxers to buy in. nbcnews.com/news/magic-dirt-…
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Sather's most recent ban evasion account on Instagram has now been banned.
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QAnon influencer QAnon John has announced that the anti-vax influencer doctor Peter McCullough will be attending the next QAnon conference in Las Vegas in February. thedailybeast.com/ivermectin…
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Besides spreading false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school shooting, Alex Jones played a significant role spreading Pizzagate -- the Comet Ping Pong shooter watched Infowars -- & he was a key early booster of QAnon.
Tucker Carlson is praising Alex Jones tonight as a great "journalist." Carlson said Jones is mocked, but tells his audience "the truth is he's been a far better guide to reality in recent years" than mainstream reporters.
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Alex Kaplan retweeted
I wrote about cute cats...... and how they are used as a tactic to spread misinformation about politics and the coronavirus. Facebook's widely viewed content report has made it clear just how well this tactic works. nytimes.com/2021/12/01/techn…
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New from me: Subscribestar, a platform that allows content creators to run subscriptions for profit, is hosting & profiting from conspiracy theorists, QAnon influencers, & white nationalists, despite its rules that would seem to prohibit those accounts. mediamatters.org/white-natio…
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Among the accounts that Subscribestar is hosting include those allegedly involved with the January 6 insurrection & the white nationalist "Unite the Right" gathering in Charlottesville.
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QAnon influencer Juan O Savin has now apparently confirmed his involvement in this recruitment effort for secretary of state candidates & said he's collaborated with Byrne on "issues going back to the November 3rd, 2020 situation." bird.trom.tf/AlKapDC/status/1…
QAnon influencer Juan O Savin while on a QAnon show yesterday appeared to confirm that he's part of this alleged effort to recruit 2022 secretary of state candidates throughout the country.
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QAnon influencer Juan O Savin in a new video said that QAnon-connected figure Patrick Byrne has "done stuff with me personally to look at issues going back to the November 3rd, 2020 situation."
Replying to @AlKapDC
Video of Marchant at the QAnon conference saying he worked with QAnon influencer Juan O Savin, QAnon-connceted figures Mike Lindell & Patrick Byrne, & Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft to recruit 2022 secretary of state candidates throughout the country. (part 1)
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Anti-vax "Disinformation Dozen" member Sherri Tenpenny had the hosts of QAnon show MG show on her show tonight, where she again invoked the QAnon-connected adrenochrome conspiracy theory & additionally lauded other QAnon shows.
Anti-vax "Disinformation Dozen" member Sherri Tenpenny again went on QAnon show MG Show & this time directly invoked the QAnon-connected adrenochrome conspiracy theory, saying it was "so obvious."
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Tenpenny is at least the 3rd member of the "Disinformation Dozen" to endorse QAnon show X22 Report, alongside Christiane Northrup & Charlene Bollinger. mediamatters.org/coronavirus…
A reminder that at least a quarter of the "Disinformation Dozen" have also endorsed and/or been on QAnon shows. mediamatters.org/coronavirus…
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