By Kaelan Deese | 12 September 2020
THE HILL — One of the largest websites peddling conspiracies related to the rising QAnon movement was shut down after a fact-checking group discovered a New Jersey man behind the site.
The now-removed website titled Qmap.pub garnered more than 10 million visitors in July, according to analytics firm SimilarWeb, Bloomberg News reported.
The website operated as an archive and aggregator for posts from Q, the anonymous figure who is widely speculated to be behind the QAnon theory. The creator of the website is known by the screen name “QAppAnon.”
On Thursday, fact-checking site Logically.ai published a report alleging it discovered Jason Gelinas of Berkeley Heights as the “sole developer and mouthpiece” of Qmap.pub.
The QAnon theory has grown vastly popular this year, stretching to other countries as global unrest and distrust of authority have circulated among communities. Researchers say they have discovered prominent QAnon communities in 70 countries. […]