Within hours of the shootings at a Quebec mosque, conspiracy theories about the event began to spread online.
On Youtube, there are already dozens of videos claiming the killings were a “false flag,” a military term for an attack carried out under another country’s flag, intended to deceive or cause confusion about who was responsible.
On sites like The Rebel and InfoWars, you can find speculation that the official story of events is inaccurate or misleading, that the police aren’t being as truthful as they could about what happened that night, and that the mainstream media is avoiding questions about why one person was originally treated as a suspect and was then released as a witness.
On his Youtube channel, American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones recently interviewed what he called a ‘terrorism expert’ who suggested the killings at the Quebec City mosque were staged to discredit Donald Trump’s policies.
Lenny Pozner knows the story well.
His son was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary.
After that incident, conspiracy theorists spread videos online questioning whether the shooting had ever actually taken place, whether the victims, like Pozner’s son, had even existed at all, and claiming that the whole story was cooked up as a pretext to confiscate guns. Alex Jones once claimed the massacre was “completely fake, with actors.”
Pozner says conspiracy theories around mass shootings have a regular pattern.
The model that they follow, as soon as there’s a public incident such as this, a mass casualty event, it must be a ‘false flag’ right away… they start to look for anything that’s out of place or anything that’s a coincidence, they start looking for anomalies and look for patterns, and then just the existence of those things is proof it’s not a real event in the way they present it.