When the notorious online gathering 8chan was forced off the internet in August, after being linked to acts of violence including the Christchurch shooting, it looked like a blow to the Qanon plot fluctuation, which had offset 8chan its virtual home. Very than fade away, though, 8chan’ s Qanon advertisements migrated to other platforms, where they’re still trying to use social media to influence elections.
The two most popular new residences for Qanon partisans are Endchan and 8chan’ s heir 8kun. In late 2019, Qanon adherents on Endchan employed Twitter to influence governors’ races in Kentucky and Louisiana, posting tweets and memes in favor of Republican applicants and assaulting their foes. They analyzed social media discourses, including popular hashtags, to decide where and how to weigh in. Both Republican lost in close ballots. Now, Qanon adherents are hiring the same tricks on the 2020 presidential race.
“We need memes that are funny and taunting of the democrat candidates, but also that are informative and uncovering about their policies that are WRONG for the United Country of America and the American beings, ” wrote a poster in a strand designation “Meme War 2020 ” on 8kun in November 2019. “We too need memes that are PRO-TRUMP, that please explain how his policies are RIGHT for the United Mood of America and the American parties, and that can debunk the smears and assaults that are no doubt going to come at POTUS .. again, and again.”