Over the past week Twitter, along with a number of other social media companies have really tightened up on their policies and no one, not even the president, is safe.
It started with the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account and banned him from using other, official government accounts as well. In a statement, the social media platform said that allowing Trump to continue to voice his opinion on the site could only cause more violence.
Now, just a few days later, Twitter has taken aim at the MAGA movement, targeting a vast number of those supporting the Qanon conspiracy theory.
Twitter on Monday said they have suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were engaged in sharing “harmful QAnon-associated content,” which they say were dedicated to “the propagation of this conspiracy theory” across the platform.
In a post on Monday, Twitter said that they have been taking strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to “offline harm” in the wake of the Capitol riot last week.
The message was loud and clear.
“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said Monday.
Twitter said that many of the individuals impacted by their updated enforcement action “held multiple accounts, driving up the total number of accounts impacted.”
“Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts,” Twitter said. “These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.”
Some of those within the Qanon community believe that President Trump has been fighting the Deep State and that we are on the cusp of “the storm” – a phase in which secretly placed officials will begin to arrest high profile, anti-Trump politicians.
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