Is it 2 late for Twitter and Facebook to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans?

QAnon banned on twitter

Twitter banned 7000 QAnon accounts and 150,000 others

On Tuesday, Twitter banned 7000 QAnon accounts accounts and limited 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown, designating QAnon as “coordinated harmful activity,” and preventing related terms from showing up in trending and search results.

“We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension,” Twitter announced. The company added that they’d seen an increase in those activities in recent weeks. 

The New York Times reported that Facebook was planning to “take similar steps to limit the reach of QAnon content on its platform” next month, citing two employees of the company who spoke anonymously. On Friday, TikTok blocked several hashtags related to QAnon from search results.

This most recent push to limit QAnon’s reach follows two high-profile campaigns driven by the conspiracy theory. First American model and celebrity Chrissy Teigen, who has more than 13 million followers on Twitter, was the target of an intense harassment campaign. Then, more recently, QAnon accounts were instrumental in spreading a bogus human-trafficking conspiracy theory about the furniture marketplace Wayfair. The claims spread from Twitter’s trending bar to Instagram and TikTok accounts promoting the theory to their followers.

QAnon banned on twitter

A supporter of President Donald Trump holds a QAnon flag at Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, S.D., on July 1.

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Is it too late to stop the QAnon movement?

Friedberg, who has studied the movement deeply, says he believes it is “absolutely” too late for mainstream social-media platforms to stop QAnon, although there are some things they could do to, say, limit its adherents’ ability to evangelize on Twitter. 

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