Twitter has removed over 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.
More than 70,000 accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory have been removed from Twitter, following the storming of the Capitol last week.
In a blog post, the company stated that they have updated their coordinated harmful activity policy.
They issued the following statement:
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm.
“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.”
They continued, “Many of the individuals impacted by this updated enforcement action held multiple accounts, driving up the total number of accounts impacted.
“Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.”
Not only has the social media giant removed accounts, but they have also restricted accounts that tweet or retweet content related to the wild QAnon conspiracy theory.
“Accounts that have Tweeted or Retweeted associated content will continue to be subject to limited visibility across search, replies, and on timelines and are prohibited from being recommended to others by Twitter.
“It’s important that these types of accounts — that are not predominantly engaged in sharing this material — can see different perspectives in the open public conversation that Twitter uniquely provides.”
Further, Tweets pertaining to QAnon can no longer be engaged with by other users, as Twitter have now “ limited engagement by no longer allowing any Tweets labeled for violations of our civic integrity policy to be replied to, Liked or Retweeted.
However, Quote Tweets are still permitted. Twitter went on to say that “people on Twitter are still able to Quote Tweet to share this content with additional context or their own perspective.
This comes after Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following his response to the Capitol riots last week, as many have accused the President of inciting violence.
Many social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram, have also banned Mr Trump, as “ the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great.”
What is QAnon?
In a nutshell, QAnon is a highly disputed conspiracy theory that suggests Donald Trump is waging a war against Satan-worshipping pedophiles in the media, government and businesses.
Supporters of the unfounded far-right theory believe that this secret war will result in high profile arrests and executions. People such as Hilary Clinton are among those believed to be prosecuted on this day of reckoning, which supporters have dubbed ‘the storm’.
It must be noted that supporters of QAnon do not all agree on all the details of the conspiracy theory. Nevertheless, the theory is completely unfounded, and highly disputed.
You can read more about QAnon here.
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