QANON Paul Furber

Paul Furber (L) is alleged to have operated the QAnon account with Ron Watkins (R) – Photo: Twitter

Who is Q? South African conspiracy theorist is alleged QAnon creator

As one of the biggest conspiracy theories ever created, QAnon caused chaos in the US – but it may have all been started by a South African.

QANON Paul Furber

Paul Furber (L) is alleged to have operated the QAnon account with Ron Watkins (R) – Photo: Twitter

One of the most harmful mistruths to ever hit the USA and its democracy came from the QAnon message boards. The viral posts, which have convinced millions to believe Satanists run a deep state government in Washington DC, have fuelled violence and sewed division in America – but it’s creator is allegedly right here in Mzansi.

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Paul Furber, a well-known conspiracy theorist based in Johannesburg, is said to be one of two authors behind the QAnon phenomenon. Ron Watkins, and Arizona-based contributor, is believed to have taken control of the page from 2018 onwards, little over a year after the first messages surfaced.

So, how has this conclusion been reached? Two separate studies from both France and Switzerland have analysed the writing patterns of ‘Q’, Furber, and Watkins. Each independent conclusion finds that the style and linguistic habits of all three make a near-perfect match.

Who is Paul Furber?

Researchers have been trying to crack the QAnon code for years, but have so far failed to nail down the identity of Q. These latest findings, however, bring us one step closer to unmasking the alleged masterminds behind this group. Furber, a software developer and one-time tech journalist, is the main suspect.

Make no mistake, the gospel of Q carries an almighty power. Many of the rioters who stormed the Capitol on 6 January 2021 devoutly believe in the unfounded conspiracy, which spuriously claims that Donald Trump ‘is the only person who can save the world from a cabal of paedophiles’ at the very top.

QAnon authors allegedly unmasked – what now?

However, a set of prophecies and forecasts from QAnon have – rather obviously – gone unfounded in recent years. The movement has descended into farce, after thousands of supporters were duped into believing John F. Kennedy Junior was set to return from the dead, almost 20 years after his death.

Fiascos like these are helping to chip away at the ‘cult-like influence’ Q has over its devoted following. What’s more, the person(s) behind QAnon was meant to be a high-level military figure within the US Army – finding out the alleged creator as some ordinary bloke operating out of Joburg would shatter that illusion for many, many supporters.