QANON's mysterious leader "Q" is actually "multiple conspiracy theorists", analysis has reportedly revealed.
Swiss company OrphAnalytics analyzed QAnon's 4,952 messages – and found two distinct styles, revealing they were likely written by two different authors.
"Our results very strongly suggest the existence of two different authors behind Q," Claude Alain Roten, OrphAnalytics' CEO and co-founder said in a statement.
"Moreover, these distinct signatures clearly correspond to separate periods in time and different online forums."
The nearly 5,000 conspiracy message posts – known as "Q drops" – were wiped of "lists, greetings, quotes from personalities, and messages shorter than 50 characters," and given to software.
"The analysis shows that the first period of Q messages clearly bears a distinct individual signature from the rest," OrphAnalytics said in a press release.
The first wave of messages – on the site 4chan – were posted between October 28, 2017 and December 1, 2017.
Another person then took over the posts, which appeared on 8chan, the company said
These posts appeared up until November 13, 2020.
What is QAnon?
QAnon is a conspiracy theory that has gained popularity among large swathes of Trump supporters.
Its supporters claim the President is communicating about "covert battles" between himself and the Deep State.
According to NBC, the theory centres around an anonymous source, Q, who is trying to tell the world a secret – or multiple secrets.
These centre around unfounded allegations that President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller are waging a secret battle against an alleged paedophile ring.
Supporters of the entirely unfounded theory believe that this ring is filled with celebrities and political elites, who have been covertly running the United States government for decades.
The theory gained more press coverage after a supporter held a vast letter Q at a Trump rally in Pennsylvania in August 2018.
In June 2018, an armed QAnon follower blocked traffic at the Hoover Dam, demanding the president release a report allegedly tying past presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to the alleged sex ring.
The protester, Matthew Wright, pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in February 2020.
The report said: "the presence of two styles in the QAnon corpus is clearly established.
"These two styles most likely correspond to two distinct authors," the report added.
Researchers are now working to see if they can pin down who exactly has been penning the conspiracy posts – with some people including 8chan Jim Watkins being suspected as the author.
Posts are known for talking about the supposed "Deep State."
Supporters of QAnon believe that President Trump is communicating about "covert battles" between himself and the alleged "Deep State."
The posts from "leader" Q ground to a halt after the election was called and Biden was revealed as the winner – raising suspicion that they had died.
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