Oh Q, Where art thou?
QAnon Shaman, pictured in Washington as supporters of President Donald Trump gather at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Stephanie Keith / Reuters file
Parler was largely indicted in many outlets for helping to organize the January 6th attack on the Capitol. Reuters file
WHO hosts QANON WEBSITES
WHO Shares QANON
The Conservative Treehouse
With all this data and the Amazon Alexa top websites list, I found that QAnon websites' popularity actually mirrored the popularity of my collection of known disinformation websites (0.40 correlation). This is largely in contrast to mainstream content. By compiling a list of authentic mainstream content based of of Snopes, Politifact, and OpenSources documentation (i.e., The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Wire, Fox News), I found that their popularity had little to no correlation with the popularity of QAnon websites (0.068 correlation). This appears to indicate that interest in QAnon may go up and down with that of alternative or far-right news sites, but not mainstream content. QAnon is substantially attached to these alternative news sites, seemingly sharing their fate.
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