Should be worried about the rise of QAnon?

QAnon, an intricate conspiracy theory which suggests US President Donald Trump is secretly waging war on a well-connected satanic paedophile ring, should not be dismissed as a harmless oddity, according to an article by Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic.

Conspiracy theories are growing in support and visibility on social media, and in political life, and she thinks the rise in "a mass rejection of reason" signals a dangerous new phase for society.

At least one of QAnon's followers could be elected to Congress after the November elections and the group has been linked to the spread of Covid-19 conspiracy theories.