QAnon Followers Are Hijacking the #SaveTheChildren Movement - The New York Times

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Summary generated on August 12, 2020

    The F.B.I. has cited QAnon as a potential domestic terror threat, and social networks have begun trying to pull QAnon groups off their platforms.

    Last week, an Associated Press article about a $35 million Trump administration grant to organizations that house trafficking survivors became one of the most-shared stories on Facebook, after QAnon groups picked it up and cited it as evidence that President Trump's secret crusade against elite pedophiles was underway.

    The QAnon strategy of pushing some unobjectionable, often factual content about human trafficking in addition to wild conspiracy theories has blurred the lines between legitimate anti-trafficking activism and partisan conspiracy mongering.

    The truth about child sex trafficking, these experts told me, is much less salacious than QAnon would have you believe.

    Some anti-trafficking experts worried that social networks, in an attempt to clamp down on QAnon, might inadvertently hurt the legitimate organizations working to end trafficking.

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