At first, yoga teacher Emma Moulday couldn’t understand what was happening. Suddenly her peers – people she respected – were filling her social media feeds with anti-mask messages and calling COVID-19 a hoax. Then there were the hashtags to #SaveTheChildren and videos claiming actor Tom Hanks eats children.
“I thought, ‘what the hell is going on?’ It was like watching a really bad accident.”
That’s when Moulday found out about QAnon, a far-right conspiracy movement that has been proliferating around the world.
“I was really surprised that people who I thought were intelligent, mindful and discerning were so far down the garden path and really actively promoting it,” Moulday says.
Up until this year, QAnon largely existed on the internet’s fringes after an unidentified poster named “Q” began pushing coded theories in 2017. The core belief is that there is