Twitter announced Tuesday that it has begun taking sweeping actions to limit the reach of QAnon content, banning many of the conspiracy theory's followers because of problems with harassment and misinformation. Twitter will stop recommending accounts and content related to QAnon, including material in email and follow recommendations, and it will take steps to limit circulation of content in features like trends and search.
H/T: NBC News
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter released in a statement on its own platform. “In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.”
“These actions will be rolled out comprehensively this week,” the statement continued. “We will continue to review this activity across our service and update our rules and enforcement approach again if necessary.”
We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
In addition, we will:— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
1⃣ No longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in Trends and recommendations
2⃣ Work to ensure we’re not highlighting this activity in search and conversations
3⃣ Block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter
As we work at scale to protect the public conversation in the face of evolving threats, we’ll continue to lead with transparency and offer more context on our efforts.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
Q followers uncover Chrissy Tiegan has a weird history w/ making inappropriate comments about children— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) July 22, 2020
CNN makes a documentary debunking Q
Then twitter bans accounts associated with the theory
I mean, I’m not a Q person, but what are they so afraid of it’s fake?
Sooo Twitter is banning “QAnon” due to its potential to cause “offline harm”— Rogan O’Handley 🇺🇸 (@DC_Draino) July 22, 2020
Pretty bold move given that #BLM and Antifa regularly incite riots that burn down entire city blocks and kill innocent people by the dozen, but no bans there
Twitter BANS 7,000 QAnon accounts amid crackdown on far-right group https://t.co/CYoUaGvowf via @MailOnline— Jinks (@ObservablyTrue) July 22, 2020
Bad boys bad boys what you gonna do, what ya gonna do when they come for Q.
What are THEY so scared of #WWG1WGA #QAnon
BREAKING: Twitter bans thousands of QAnon accounts and shuts down topics related to the conspiracy theory https://t.co/dipcv2T57M— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 22, 2020
At this point, all twitter is, is a platform to organize riots, terrorism, crimes and share pedophilia. That’s rampant on this platform and allowed to flourish. https://t.co/Cb4UNSZLOp— Tracy Beanz (@tracybeanz) July 22, 2020