“Operation Trust” was a Bolshevik program in Russia aimed at neutralizing opposition by creating false expectations that some powerful military leaders had organized to stop the Communist takeover. Similarly, Q-Anon deluded freedom-loving citizens into believing that “White hats” in the government would save them.
Brandy Zadrozny, an online researcher with NBC News, says her job is to seek out personally identifying information on anonymous Trump supporters. She has access to third-party dark data vendors who monitor and sell internet users’ personal information. Recently, she has targeted QAnon, a movement that supports Trump.