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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob confronts U.S. Capitol police outside the Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Congress held a joint session today to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. A group of Republican senators said they would reject the Electoral College votes of several states unless Congress appointed a commission to audit the election results. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Other Pandemic: How QAnon contaminated the world
James Ball (Bloomsbury)

Nearly six years ago, a global conspiracy movement was born in real time. A post on the website 4chan’s /pol/ board ignited a series of conspiracies, which, when layered on top of each other, can be plausibly linked to everything from the attack on the US Capitol building on 6 January 2021 to the ongoing protests against so-called 15-minute cities in the UK.

That conspiracy movement is QAnon. It is an outlandish and nonsensical conspiracy theory, alleging that there is a global cabal of Satan-worshipping paedophiles who are …

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