As Facebook and its image-sharing platform Instagram opposed QAnon’s move, the online giant tried to avoid being used to deceive or confuse voters, as it did in 2016 when US President Donald Trump was elected to the White House.
The internet giant said in a blog: “We will delete all Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they do not contain violent content.”
From an anonymous article in 2017 claiming bizarre child exploitation and political conspiracy, the headless movement has won a place in Trump’s Twitter stream.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated in a report last year that QAnon is one of several campaigns that may lead to “criminal or violent acts by groups and individual extremists.”
In the weeks leading up to the November 3 presidential election, the ban on QAnon accounts intensified Facebook’s efforts to curb misinformation campaigns that Trump sometimes endorses.
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said: “Facebook’s decision to ban QAnon from all its platforms is a very necessary step to clear the platform’s dangerous conspiracy theories.”
“We hope this is a sincere effort to eliminate hatred and anti-Semitism from their platform, rather than another stereotyped response to pressure from members of Congress and the public.”
The blog post stated that the Facebook and Instagram moves were directed at accounts related to “offline anarchist groups that support protests, violence in the U.S. militia and QAnon.
Leading social networks have recently banned advertisements that promote, support or represent militarized social movements and QAnon.
In August, Facebook cancelled hundreds of QAnon-related groups and imposed restrictions on nearly 2,000 to combat incitement to violence.
Critics blamed that although the platform has announced efforts to curb QAnon’s inflammatory content, the news is still circulating on Facebook.
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Facebook said it has tightened the ban on QAnon after noticing that the message of QAnon supporters has adapted to avoid restrictions despite the cancellation of posts that directly incite violence.
For example, QAnon used the platform to claim that the deadly wildfires raging on the West Coast by certain organizations were initiated by certain groups, which distracted police and firefighters.
Facebook said: “QAnon messaging has undergone very rapid changes. We have seen a network of supporters build an audience through one message and then quickly turn to another message.”
The social network has banned content that calls for violence and organizations that declare tasks of violence.
More and more followers and followers of QAnon are driving a confusing fusion of unproven collusion theories.
The movement that was once on the fringe of the Internet and focused on American politics has seen dramatic growth on mainstream social media platforms this year.
At the center of the movement is the unfounded belief that the world is ruled by a group of Satanists. This fact extends this year’s allegations that there is no evidence that the coronavirus is a conspiracy by the organization to control the use of vaccines and 5G. people.
Social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube) have stepped up their surveillance of QAnon content as participants tried to bypass the new filters.
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