Twitter decided to take strong measures against QAnon and its followers. It removed more than 7,000 accounts and will restrict all content related to the Q movement.
As announced on its own platform, Twitter decided to take radical action against the QAnon movement by removing users from many of its followers and limiting the scope of all content related to the movement. The reasons for such a decision were not entirely clear, so far they only presented a statement that informs the following, 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.”
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
As reported by NBC NEWS, a company spokesperson reportedly said that Twitter will no longer recommend all types of QAnon-related accounts and content, removing it from the platform’s ‘trends’ and ‘automatic searches. The action would affect some 150,000 accounts. The spokesman asked NBC NEWS not to reveal his name for security reasons.
The platform will be reprogrammed to prohibit the appearance of QAnon-related terms in trend topics and the platform’s search function, as well as banning known QAnon-related URLs.
As part of the new policy, some 7,000 accounts associated with the movement have already been removed in recent weeks, allegedly for violating the rules on ‘targeted harassment’. Twitter began blocking QAnon websites within the platform last week and will continue to block the distribution of QAnon-related URLs in the coming days, the spokesman said.
According to the spokesman, the fact that the FBI last year flagged QAnon as a possible domestic terrorism threat influenced Twitter’s decision to pursue QAnon.
QAnon a growing movement
Q first appeared in October 2017 on an anonymous internet forum, posting messages that involved in-depth knowledge about some upcoming events of public interest. In approximately 3,000 messages, user Q described a kind of multifaceted global crime syndicate that operates with great power and impunity around the world.
Q’s followers faithfully analyze every detail of the information provided by the mysterious user, which is compiled on various websites. They then discuss, analyze, draw conclusions, and disseminate them quickly.
Most of the media attack Q as an alleged right-wing madman who spreads conspiracy theories. This trend of attacking Q and his followers has been reinforced since President Trump has repeatedly challenged his followers.
His followers, however, believe that Q is a military intelligence operation, the first of its kind, whose objective is to provide the public with secret and accurate information about what is going on within the elite.
As in the United States, Q influence continues to spread around the world. Protesters in Hong Kong, Iran, France, and many other countries hold up signs with the letter Q and chant famous quotes from the movement. Q revelations seek to unite people around the world in a demand for freedom and peace.