Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown

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…Continue Reading

Twitter takes tougher approach against QAnon as it bans 7,000 accounts

Twitter announced on Tuesday a sweeping crackdown against accounts pushing content related to far-right conspiracy theory movement QAnon.Why it matters: The move comes as Twitter has been increasingly aggressive in taking action against those using its service to spread misinformation, Axios’ Ina Fried writes. The company has prioritized aiming enforcement actions at material that could…Continue Reading

QAnon Is Becoming a Republican Dog Whistle

Even some candidates who don’t openly support the conspiracy theory are using Q-related talking points to attack their Democratic challengers. QAnon may be losing some of its online platforms—but the conspiracy theory is increasingly being enabled by the Republican Party.This week, TikTok became the latest app to clamp down on QAnon, announcing a ban on…Continue Reading

Patreon will remove creator accounts that promote QAnon content

Patreon has updated its policies and will no longer support creator accounts on its platform that “advance disinformation promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory,” the company announced in a blog post. A “small number of creators” on Patreon have supported QAnon with their work, the platform says, adding it’s taking action because “a number of other…Continue Reading

Patreon Becomes the Latest Online Platform to Boot Off QAnon Stans

Patreon has become the latest online platform to give QAnon conspiracy theorists the boot. Please excuse me while I play the world’s smallest violin. “Going forward, creator accounts that advance disinformation promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory will no longer be supported on Patreon,” the company said in a blog post announcing its updated policies this…Continue Reading

Isolated Premier Jason Kenney blows off criticism of his government’s approach to COVID-19 restrictions

It’s not very reassuring to learn Alberta Premier Jason Kenney treats calls for stricter measures to control resurgent COVID-19 infections as “political pressure.” But yesterday, after Alberta on Wednesday surpassed 400 new cases in a single day for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, Kenney did just that. The soaring COVID-19 caseload does…Continue Reading

Patreon is the next tech giant to crack down on QAnon

This move is in response to other internet companies being “overrun” with the theory’s followers and spreading dangerous “disinformation,” according to Patreon. QAnon has routinely made unsupported allegations of sex trafficking and other crimes, and in multiple cases has been linked to real-world violence and threats.Patreon didn’t waste much time in starting its sweep. Bloomberg…Continue Reading

Facebook bans QAnon across all its platforms

Facebook announced on Tuesday it would ban all accounts, pages and groups representing the fringe conspiracy theory QAnon from its platforms.Why it matters: Facebook previously banned or restricted hundreds of groups, pages and Instagram accounts that “demonstrated significant risks to public safety” due to their ties to QAnon, but the latest update goes even further…Continue Reading

Misinformation thrives on social media ahead of presidential debate

A baseless conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate on Tuesday went viral on social media hours before the event.Why it matters: The conspiracy originated on social media before appearing in a text message sent by President Trump’s re-election campaign to supporters. It was…Continue Reading

Connecticut Republican with QAnon Car Sticker Defends ‘Values’ the Movement Represents

A Connecticut state senator has defended the values of the QAnon conspiracy theory after photos on social media showed a sticker supporting the movement on his car.Republican Senator Eric Berthel’s car features a sticker with the QAnon hashtag #WWG1WGA”, which represents the movement’s slogan “Where we go one, we go all.”The images posted on Twitter…Continue Reading

Biden: QAnon supporters should seek mental health treatment

Joe Biden condemned the QAnon conspiracy theory as “dangerous” and “embarrassing” in a campaign event on Friday, recommending that people who support the sprawling network of falsehoods to seek mental health treatment.Why it matters: It’s the first time Biden has publicly addressed the once-fringe, far-right conspiracy theory, which has been flagged as a threat by…Continue Reading