Tom Hanks has been linked to a number of incorrect conspiracies about him.AFP via Getty Images
In 2018, A-list actor, Tom Hanks was targeted by the group through YouTube where content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory was briefly promoted to the top of the search results when users searched the actor’s name.
Videos then falsely accused Hanks of being a paedophile, as NBC News reporter Ben Collins first pointed out.
Also in 2020, a meme was shared thousands of times on Facebook that falsely alleged Hanks was wearing an ankle monitor as he was arrested in Australia – again, not true.
According to Reuters, the claim read: “Look who has a new ankle bracelet! Tom Hanks. Some of you don’t know it but Mr. Hanks was arrested in Australia for pedophilia. He went on national TV to say he had COVID-19 and he was quarantine himself. Not true. He was in custody for a time then house arrest is in his hotel. Now, he’s a flight risk.”
Ankle monitors seem to be a popular conspiracy theory.AFP via Getty Images
US talk show host Ellen DeGeneres found herself in the middle of an QAnon conspiracy that falsely accused her of being under house arrest for child sex trafficking.
A photograph of DeGeneres was taken from a clip of the Ellen Show, where she makes a video call to actress Courteney Cox. The photograph in the claim captures the moment at around the 3:05 minute mark.
Her sweatpants are ruffled but there is no sign of an ankle monitor.
Oprah Winfrey was another celebrity who was targeted.Getty Images
Similarly, another popular US talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, was targeted and accused last year of being under house arrest for the same reasons as DeGeneres.
The photograph of Winfrey was taken from a clip of her cooking spaghetti carbonara. But throughout the video, there is no clear visual of an ankle monitor.
Winfrey directly responded to the untrue claims in a tweet.
Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t… https://t.co/Tue3Nlq8wQ
More recently, in March 2021, Clinton was at the centre of another conspiracy that incorrectly claimed she been arrested by the Navy SEALs (Sea, Air and Land Teams), a special operations force.
It was alleged that the arrest took place on the night of March 2nd and was orchestrated by former President Donald Trump.
She was apparently arrested on charges of “treason, destruction of government property, and aiding and abetting the enemy,” and that documents showed she was implicated “in plots to assassinate Republican legislators across the country.”
These claims are factually untrue.
False reports include Pope Francis being arrested and dying.AFP via Getty Images
On January 9 2021, an article circulated on social media allegedly reports that Pope Francis was “arrested.”
The claim is not true because a day after the supposed “arrest”, Pope Francis led the Angelus prayer from the Library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.
Claiming a person has died is conspiracy theory 101 and that’s exactly what QAnon did when they spread false videos saying that Pope Francis is dead in April this year.
According to Reuters, the text on the posts read: “Q 100% TRUTH! LIN WOOD DESTROYS DEEP STATE CABAL! PANIC IN DC POPE FRANCIS DEAD! VATICAN GOLD GONE!”
The Pope was photographed on April 25 and led a prayer on the same day too, so clearly he didn’t die.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ruth Bader-Ginsburg has been targeted since her death.Getty Images
Following her death on September 18 2020, a quote attributed to the late Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg resurfaced, but the grounds of the attribution are baseless.
The posts in question, which was falsely portrayed as a post from Facebook aiming to combat misinformation, was “Pedophilia is good for the children” – something Bader Ginsburg did not say.
Other posts and comments also mention child trafficking and present Bader Ginsburg as seeking to normalize pedophilia.
These claims are not true.
Queen Elizabeth has also been used by the right-wing conspiracy theory.POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Even Queen Elizabeth has been caught up in QAnon’s antics.