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Politics Twitter to Crackdown on QAnon as Movement’s Influence Grows

04:30  22 july  2020
04:30  22 july  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Twitter has announced a mass ban for thousands of profiles linked to the so-called QAnon community and any related content, citing potential “offline harm,” but critics insist the purge will only raise the movement ’ s profile. The social media giant said it would permanently suspend accounts that share

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

(Bloomberg) -- Twitter Inc. will ban thousands of accounts associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory movement, which claims there is a deep state plot against President Donald Trump -- the latest battle front in the social media company’s campaign against disinformation.

a person standing in front of a crowd: An attendee holds signs with the words © Bloomberg An attendee holds signs with the words "We Are Q" before the start of a rally with U.S. President Donald Trump in Lewis Center, Ohio, U.S., on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Trump defended his use of tariffs that have inflamed tensions with China and Europe, telling an audience of diehard supporters on Saturday that playing hardball on trade is "my thing."

The social media company said it will permanently suspend accounts tweeting about topics that it knows are violating Twitter policy and coordinating abuses around individual victims or attempting to evade suspensions. Twitter will also ensure it’s not highlighting QAnon activity by keeping such posts out of trends and recommendation sections as well as blocking URLs associated with the movement.

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  GOPers Are Trying to Recruit QAnon Voters And Using This YouTube Show to Do It As she gathered support for what was then thought to be a long-shot primary bid against Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), congressional hopeful Lauren Boebert made an appearance on “Patriots’ Soapbox,” a YouTube channel with a devoted following that claims to broadcast “real news the MSM does not cover.” In her appearance, Boebert ran down her usual talking points: how she confronted former presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke over gun control, how the restaurant she owns stands out because of its open-carry policy for waitresses, and how she dreams of joining the hard-right House Freedom Caucus.

— Twitter said Tuesday evening that it had removed thousands of accounts that spread messages about the conspiracy theories known as QAnon , saying Over several weeks, Twitter has removed 7,000 accounts that posted QAnon material, a company spokeswoman said. The accounts had been

QAnon (/kjuːəˈnɒn/) is a far-right conspiracy theory detailing a supposed secret plot by an alleged "deep state" against U. S . President Donald Trump and his supporters.

Twitter didn’t say how many accounts will be affected. NBC separately reported that about 150,000 accounts will be impacted and so far more than 7,000 QAnon accounts have been taken down in the last couple of weeks, citing an unnamed Twitter spokesman.

Supporters of QAnon have started to enter mainstream politics with Lauren Boebert, a fan of the movement and gun rights advocate, winning the Republican primary for Colorado’s 3rd District earlier this month. QAnon has become latest battle front for Twitter, which saw the hacking of several prominent accounts last week fuel questions about whether it is capable of curbing disinformation ahead of the U.S. election in November.

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