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Extreme Conspiracy theory movement spreads to the Balkans

September 8, 2020
The Balkans
Mark Slapinski

QANON – an outrageous conspiracy theory – has spread to the Balkans, in East Europe via social media. According to a report by Balkans Insight, the conspiracy theory and its supporters are slowly gaining ground in the area.

For those unfamiliar, the Balkans are the countries in East Europe comprising “AlbaniaBulgariaCroatiaKosovoMontenegroNorth MacedoniaRomaniaSerbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia.”

There are now people posting on Twitter using the the hashtag #QANONSERBIA, #QANONCROATIA, and #QANONROMANIA. In addition, there are a few Facebook groups, that promote the conspiracy theory in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia.

Despite having low numbers relative to QANON groups in the UK and the United States, some experts say that is inconsequential.

“Even if 20, 30, 40 or 50 people feel motivated to do something that is already a considerable power. In the times of virtual activism even a small number of people can have a significant power,”

Source:  Kevin Grisham, Centre for Research on Hate and Extremism

The FBI in Phoenix have labelled QANON as a domestic terror threat in the United States.

Both Twitter and Facebook have cracked down on QANON recently, including a recent purge by Twitter. In addition to the purge, Twitter also stated in July it will block URLs associated with QANON from being shared on Twitter, stop highlighting QANON activity in searches, and no longer allow QANON to trend.

Still, QANON content continues to be shared on both Facebook and Twitter. It appears the Social Media giants are having trouble curbing the spread of disinformation.

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1 Comment

  1. Hildegar

    It is totally and absolutely false that Qanon is a terrorist organization. Nobody in Qanon is a terrorist and Qanon is against any kind of terrorism. Qanon is an association of people who are fed up with the Globalist elites that rule the world and want to enslave us all, as opposed to the real terrorist gangs like BLM or ANTIFA, which are ravaging the US and other countries in the world. DO NOT LIE OR MISINFORM ANYMORE. People are no longer idiots and inform themselves. You really like Soros’s money, right?

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