Disinformation | Thinking Allowed

Laurie Taylor talks to Annie Kelly, a researcher of the Digital Far Right, about the QAnon conspiracy theory and why it has attracted a striking number of female followers, many of whom are mothers. She argues that their rhetoric and slogans have cleverly smuggled legitimate concerns about the welfare of children into a baseless and dangerous set of entirely false claims about the nature of child trafficking. What role have social media sites dominated by women played in the circulation of QAnon theories and how can they be challenged?

Clip Info
  • Clip length: 13'29''
  • Broadcast year: 2020
Curriculum Connection
  • Computing & IT | Disinformation

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  • Provider: BBC
  • Channel: BBC Radio 4
  • Programme: Thinking Allowed
  • Episode: Disinformation