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Twitter bans high-profile QAnon accounts in wake of Capitol Hill attack-Autopresse.eu

Twitter bans high-profile QAnon accounts in wake of Capitol Hill attack-Autopresse.eu

Twitter bans high-profile QAnon accounts in wake of Capitol Hill assault

2021-01-08 22:53:00

Twitter cracks down on QAnon.


Angela Lang/CNET

Twitter banned on Friday the accounts of Gen. Michael Flynn, lawyer Sidney Powell and a number of different supporters of the bogus QAnon conspiracy idea embraced by lots of President Donald Trump’s most avid followers. The transfer comes only a day after the social community lifted a lock on the president’s account for inflammatory tweets within the wake of a pro-Trump mob storming the Capitol.

Flynn, who served shortly as Trump’s nationwide safety advisor, and Powell, who represented Trump in a few of his authorized efforts to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election, are each proponents of the baseless conspiracy idea. QAnon falsely states {that a} cabal of Devil-worshipping intercourse traffickers management the federal government.

QAnon has gripped Trump’s base and lots of the individuals who attacked the Capitol on Wednesday wore T-shirts or held indicators expressing their perception within the conspiracy idea. The FBI has stated QAnon poses a menace to the nation.

“We have been clear that we’ll take robust enforcement motion on habits that has the potential to result in offline hurt, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding the sort of habits within the coming days, we are going to completely droop accounts which are solely devoted to sharing QAnon content material,” a Twitter spokesperson stated in a press release. 

The Twitter bans observe a collection of extremely uncommon actions taken by social media firms to stop using their platforms by the president to unfold misinformation. Fb took the unprecedented step of indefinitely blocking Trump’s account as a result of “the dangers of permitting the President to proceed to make use of our service throughout this era are just too nice.” Amazon-owned Twitch and Snapchat additionally took motion in opposition to the president’s accounts.

In Friday’s QAnon purge, Twitter additionally banned the account of Ron Watkins, the administrator of the 8kun message board the place lots of the conspiracy idea messages are posted. A brand new Twitter account utilizing Watkins’ picture appeared shortly after the ban was instated. It’s unclear whether or not it was Watkins’ account or a pretend. 

The Twitter bans have been reported earlier by Autopresse.eu Information.

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