Twitter will permanently suspend accounts pushing QAnon content, barring right-wing fans from its conspiracy theories.
Twitter has suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content after last week’s violence in Washington when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.
QAnon supporters have been pushing conspiracies on social media that include the baseless claim that Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child sex predators, including prominent Democrats, Hollywood figures and allies of “the ‘Deep state’.
“In light of the violent events in Washington, DC and the increased risk of harm, we began to permanently suspend thousands of accounts primarily dedicated to QAnon content sharing on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said in a blog Monday evening.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful content associated with QAnon on a large scale and were primarily dedicated to spreading this conspiracy theory across the service.”
Twitter announced on Friday that it would permanently suspend accounts pushing QAnon content, banning major right-wing boosters of its conspiracy theories.
The storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters delayed certification of Biden’s election victory.
Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was beset by supporters of the president who overwhelmed the security forces. Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol Hill policeman who was beaten as he tried to drive the crowds away.