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Ex-QAnon Follower Explains What Made Them Stop Believing In Conspiracy Theories

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Ex-QAnon Follower Explains What Made Them Stop Believing In Conspiracy Theories

A former QAnon supporter has shared their reasons why they stopped believing in the conspiracy theory and 'eventually got out'.

For anyone unaware, QAnon activists believe in an unfounded theory that former President, Donald Trump was waging a secret war against Satan-worshipping paedophiles in government, business and the media.

Many followers of the far-right movement believed Trump would disrupt the 20 January inauguration where Joe Biden was sworn into office as the new POTUS.

QAnon supporters were left disappointed that Trump didn't expose a far-reaching child-sex-trafficking ring - for others it simply further emboldened their beliefs.

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Speaking on a recent Reddit thread, the former QAnon believer took part in an AMA session.

The individual explains how they used to believe in several conspiracies including those surrounding 9/11, Area 51 aliens, the illuminati as well as QAnon.

In response to one person asking how to ensure they don't fall for another conspiracy theory, they said: "The problem with fundamentalist religions, cults, and conspiracy theories is they all demonize doubt and are all so absolutely certain that they have the total truth of reality figured out.

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"I hold my beliefs much more humbly now, I acknowledge that I could be wrong. I read more widely and expose myself to the ideas of others, so that I don't end up in an echo chamber."

When one person asked what the epiphany moment was, the author wrote: "Honestly? It was a couple of posts made by Q on the chans that seemed highly suspicious because of how ignorant they were of technology. Q posts often had weird syntaxe [sic] as a kind of code.

"Kind Of [writing like this] as if there was [a secret] in using brackets To Tell The Truth."

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They went on: "One morning Q claimed to have shut down 7 FBI super computers (named after the seven dwarves no less) via satellite hacking and all the rabid fans ate it up, claiming that 'their internet was running a little bit faster'.

"Alarm bells went off in my head because, come on, that's not how any of this works. Using elementary school syntax form To SpeLl a [[Secret Code ]] felt fishy, and claiming your email in rural Montana loaded faster because seven super computers got shut down by remote hacking was a bridge too far for me.

"I realized that most of the Q believers I had seen were Boomers with no idea how technology works or people my age with no idea how computers operate. That day, I Googled Q Anon Debunked and got out."

In another reply, they said: "It was a gradual dawning after I realized many of my Qultist friends had no idea how computers operate. It's NOT easy realizing you've been conned, been a rube, been taken in.

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"Oh it's gullibility and lack of knowledge of how tech works. That's why so many boomers fall for it."

Many people took to the AMA thread to offer their congratulations to the person for 'getting out'.

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Topics: conspiracy theories, Community, Reddit, Weird

Rebecca Shepherd
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