Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to QAnon

Twitter has suspended 70,000 accounts linked to the far-right conspiracy motion QAnon in mild of the violence on the US Capitol final week.

The social media platform stated it started completely deleting accounts that had shared QAnon content material on Friday, following riots in Washington DC on Wednesday.

It discovered a number of circumstances the place one particular person was working a number of accounts as a way to “share harmful QAnon-associated content at scale” and “propagate this conspiracy theory” by way of Twitter.

“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,” a spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

QAnon is a right-wing conspiracy motion that claims President Donald Trump is preventing in opposition to a worldwide paedophile ring that features members of the US Democratic Party.

Supporters consider that somebody contained in the group – often called Q – is posting cryptic messages for them on-line to organize them to overthrow the supposed evil cabal.

Many of those that stormed and looted Capitol buildings in a bid to cease Congress certifying Joe Biden’s election victory are advocates of QAnon.

Mr Trump has been identified to endorse the group, beforehand describing them as “people who love our country”.

Twitter says it’s “aggressively deploying” a mixture of know-how and human intervention to weed out dangerous content material surrounding the US election.

It says it won’t suggest any account that has tweeted or retweeted QAnon messaging and nothing that breaks its guidelines can seem in its trending lists.

From Tuesday, individuals won’t be able to retweet, like or reply to any posts that breach its “civic integrity policy”.

Jake Angeli, often called a QAnon ‘Shaman’, is pictured through the Capitol riots

But they may have the ability to quote tweet them, to supply a special perspective or to place them into context, the spokesperson added.

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have suspended Mr Trump’s accounts after he was accused of inciting the violence that broke out in Washington final week.

While he can now not tweet himself, his deputy chief of employees Dan Scavino posted on his behalf last week: “Even although I completely disagree with the end result of the election, and the info bear me out, nonetheless there can be an orderly transition on January 20th.

“I’ve at all times stated we might proceed our combat to make sure that solely authorized votes have been counted. While this represents the top of the best first time period in presidential historical past, it is solely the start of our combat to Make America Great Again!”

He additionally used the official POTUS account to accuse the platform of “banning free speech” over the weekend.

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