Twitter will permanently suspend accounts spreading QAnon content, banning right-wing fans of 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 US Capitol.
QAnon supporters have pushed conspiracies on social media that include the baseless claim that Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child sexual predators, including prominent Democrats, Hollywood figures and allies of ” the deep state.
“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and the increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said in a blog post late. Monday.
“These accounts were engaged in large-scale sharing of harmful content associated with QAnon and were primarily dedicated to spreading this conspiracy theory across the service.”
Twitter announced on Friday that it will permanently suspend accounts spreading QAnon content, banning right-wing propellants 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 overrun by the president’s supporters who overwhelmed security forces. Five people died in the violence, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten as he tried to drive away the crowd.
Demonstration outside Twitter HQ fails
On Monday, a planned protest outside Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters against the social media platform’s banning of Donald Trump broke down when only a handful of the US president’s supporters showed up.
Posts over the weekend on popular far-right forum TheDonald.win had called on pro-Trump activists to gather outside the tech giant’s offices, which are largely deserted as staff work from home in due to the pandemic.
One user even urged attendees to bring zip ties to “violent agitators arrested by citizens,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Police deployed dozens of officers and built security barriers, but only a few protesters and counter-protesters arrived.
“I don’t like being censored. And I feel like conservative voices are being censored,” one protester told local Fox TV station KTVU.
Kenneth Lundgreen, 71, told the Chronicle he wanted to “balance” in case a crowd like the one that stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC last week arrives.
Shortly after the unrest, Twitter imposed a permanent ban on Trump’s account – which had 88 million followers – citing multiple violations of its rules and the risk of “further incitement to violence”.
Trump accused the company of conspiring with the “radical left”, while some international leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, called the ban “problematic”.
Other platforms, including Facebook and Snapchat, have also suspended Trump.
US Democrats have launched the process to impeach Trump for a historic second time for “inciting insurrection” following the attack on the Capitol in which five people died.