One of the largest websites promoting the right-wing QAnon conspiracy theory was shut down after its developer was identified as a man from New Jersey, Bloomberg News reported.
The fact-checking website Logically.ai traced the QAnon conspiracy site to Jason J. Gelinas, of Berkeley Heights in Union County, identifying him as the “founder and sole employee” of the firm that developed the site. Public records indicate a man by that name lives in Berkeley Heights.
The site drew over 10 million visitors in July, making it one of the largest online promoters of the QAnon conspiracy, according to data from a web analytics firm cited by Bloomberg.
QAnon refers to a set of baseless online conspiracy theories that argue that President Donald Trump is battling a group of Satan-worshiping pedophiles made up of Democrats, Hollywood celebrities, “deep state” officials and other global elites who are secretly running the world.
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Congressional candidate who espouses the theory, has won Republican primary this year and is favored to win her Republican-leaning Georgia district.
The theory has been cited as a potential domestic terrorism threat by the FBI.
Trump has repeatedly shared messages on Twitter from QAnon-linked accounts. When asked about the conspiracy at a news conference last month, he said he didn’t know much about the theory, but said its followers “like me very much” and “love our country.”
Logically.ai identified Gelinas as an information technology specialist who listed positions with both Credit Suisse and Citigroup on a resume.
The website was no longer accessible hours after Bloomberg News queried Gelinas, according to the report. It served as a searchable archive of posts made by “Q,” the anonymous account who claims to have exposed the elite cabal, and was a “crucial port of call for all QAnon information,” according to Logically.ai.
Gelinas declined to comment to Bloomberg News about the site, but did call QAnon a “patriotic movement to save the country,” according to the report.
Gelinas could not be reached for comment on Saturday.
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