Aug 20, 2020

QAnon: Facebook takes action on conspiracy groups

Facebook has removed or restricted thousands of groups and accounts sharing and promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory. QAnon is a conspiracy theory that believes US President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a "Deep state" network of paedophiles who are powerful government, business and media figures. As well as targeting the QAnon conspiracy, Facebook said that they had also removed content from other "Militia organisations and those encouraging riots", including some antifa groups. Twitter banned thousands of accounts and said it would block QAnon urls, while TikTok deleted hashtags that signposted QAnon videos. Mr Trump has, in the past, retweeted content from known QAnon sympathisers, as well as tweets containing hashtags used by believers in the conspiracy.

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