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McAfee Conspiracy Theories Get Boost From Bizarre Instagram Post Tied to QAnon

Written by:
Aaron Goldstein
Published on:
Jun/25/2021

John McAfee, the man behind the first commercial antivirus software and more recently a high profile investor in cryptocurrencies, died by apparent suicide in a Barcelona prison cell on June 23.

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With McAfee's renegade lifestyle and his previous affirmation that he had no intention of committing suicide, conspiracy theories regarding his death have already taken on a life of their own.

McAfee had been arrested in Spain, charged with "tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns,"  That country was planning on extraditing him back to the US.

Social media users have posted "John McAfee Didn’t Kill Himself," and used the phrase as a hashtag.  The conspiracies were likely a result of an Instagram account that belonged to McAfee which posted a plain image of the letter "Q" (short for QAnon) minutes after news organizations reported his death.  It is unclear who had control of McAfee’s Instagram account when the "Q" image was shared.

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory claiming that a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic pedophiles run a global child sex trafficking ring.  Some of the initial conspiracies surfacing suggest that McAfee was on the precipice of exposing high ranking officials tied to such activities.

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