Believers in QAnon and other conspiracy theories reveal how they climbed out of the rabbit hole

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05: A Q-Anon sign is seen as President Donald Trump supporters hold a rally on January 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today's rally kicks off two days of pro-Trump events fueled by President Trump's continued claims of election fraud and a last-ditch effort to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them on January 6. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)

For two years, Jitarth Jadeja spent most of his time in the darkest corners of the web reading about conspiracy theories.

Mr Jadeja, 33, was an avid follower of QAnon — a baseless, far-right theory that started by alleging then-US president Donald Trump was fighting against a secret group of elites who ran a global child sex trafficking ring.

For hours each day, Mr Jadeja devoured cryptic predictions shared by an anonymous online poster called Q on the imageboard website 4chan.

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