Twitter bans accounts linked to QAnon conspiracy theory
Twitter has permanently banned accounts of the conspiracy theory movement QAnon from its platform. The company has taken a set of strict actions against the conspiracy theory group which will affect about 150,000 accounts and so far more than 7,000 QAnon accounts have been taken down in the last couple of weeks.
The social media company said it will permanently suspend accounts tweeting about topics that are violating Twitter policy and coordinating abuses around individual victims or attempting to evade suspensions. Twitter will make it sure that it is not highlighting QAnon activity by keeping such posts out of trends and recommendation sections.
Twitter said that the ban will go into effect this week and that the company would continue to provide transparency and additional context as it makes related platform policy choices going forward.
Twitter said, “The company will block QAnon movement-related links and URLs from being shared on the platform and no longer recommend QAnon-related accounts. It will also not promote the accounts in search or conversations and will cease to highlight them as trending topics.”
Twitter also added, “The suspensions will be applied to accounts that are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension – something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks.”
Twitter added it’s going to permanently ban QAnon supporters who have been trying to tweet about the conspiracy theory from multiple accounts, which can lead to harassment. The company said in a statement, “These actions will be rolled out comprehensively this week. We will continue to review this activity across our service and update our rules and enforcement approach again if necessary.”
QAnon surfaced in the Trump era making frequent appearances at his rallies and other pro-Trump events. QAnon’s supporters believe that President Trump is waging a hidden battle against secretive elite known as the Deep State. That secret battle produces many, many clues that they claim are encoded in messages sprinkled across anonymous online accounts and hinted at by the president himself.
QAnon is known for its connection to Pizzagate, an unjustified conspiracy that accused Hillary Clinton of running a sex trafficking ring out of a Washington D.C. pizza place.
QAnon supporters have also been linked to various other false claims that have spread online, including a weird conspiracy theory involving a US furniture company and also allegations of child trafficking.