How An Online Conspiracy Community Is Using #SaveTheChildren To Attract New Believers
Now, the online movement’s backers are trying to rebrand and attract new believers. QAnon believers are trying to use the anti-child trafficking movement to attract new audiences, including American moms. These efforts include Instagram posts, YouTube videos, Facebook posts and almost always include the hashtag #SaveTheChildren.
The posts have reached groups far outside the conspiracy’s usual adherents. Kelly Dodd of The Real Housewives of Orange County shared a post using the hashtag. And signs referencing the hashtag have also appeared at in-person right-wing rallies.
Why did conspiracists begin using the hashtag? And what will the use mean for actual advocates fighting against child trafficking?
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