Volume 22, Issue 6
  • ISSN 1569-2159
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9862



To better understand QAnon’s anti-immigration rhetoric, the study conducted a meta-discursive analysis of one of the group’s active Telegram channels by drawing on Hyland’s (2005) model of interaction. Specifically, engagement markers in their immigration-related discourse were analyzed to see how they contribute to endorsing the group’s macro conspiratorial arguments. The results illustrate a complex rhetorical manipulation and nearly unanimous expression of hate toward immigrants, with the use of ‘directives’ and ‘questions’ being the most prevalent metadiscursive markers. The former suggests that the commenters were more assertive or commanding in their tone, while the latter located within rhetorical persuasion, aimed at stimulating negative attitude toward immigrants. Conversely, a low frequency of the ‘shared knowledge’ markers indicates a lack of interest to establish credibility and constructive dialogue with the audience. The study aimed to unpack the nature of anti-immigration extremist discourse on social media, and its potential to incite violence among public.

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