Facebook Bans Several QAnon Groups For Violating Its Hate Speech Policies

  • AUTHOR: dua
  • POSTED ON: August 10, 2020

A group known as Official QAnon on Facebook, with around 200,000 members was removed by Facebook as it violated its policies on misinformation, bullying, hate speech, and harassment. A number of posts were first taken down by the website and soon the group itself. It is being reported that Facebook is also monitoring the activities of other QAnon groups.

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Basically, this is a group that believes and propagates a theory that Donald Trump is planning secretly to arrest a well-recognized and a high-profile Democratic politician as well as some celebrities for paedophilia or cannibalism. These groups are spreading this conspiracy theory and have managed to earn a lot of support from the republicans. What’s more worrying is the fact that many of these QAnon followers are accused of acts of violence.

The same occurrences happened back in April and Facebook has removed those groups on the basis of “coordinated inauthentic behavior”.  In the past, Facebook has removed 20 accounts, five pages and 66 groups as they were connected to people who were related to the network of QAnon and were spreading various fringe conspiracy theories.

Furthermore, the situation is the same on Twitter because last month this social media platform cracked down more than 7000 QAnon accounts and it’s followed as well. In fact, the action was taken against approximately 150,000 users under the same violation. The social media site has said that it has and will continue to block QAnon-related links.

In addition, Roku has pulled a QAnon channel whereas Reddit has put a ban on the QAnon as it violated its policies against promoting harassment, violence, and personal information dissemination. This is not it – even TikTok has blocked numerous QAnon-associated hashtags.

Updated August 10, 2020
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