Twitter says it is taking extensive action against content on its platform linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is widely misconstrued, with ongoing efforts to combat misinformation and harassment on its service.
“We have been clarified that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to cause offline harm. In line with this view, this week we are taking further action on the so-called ‘QAnon’ activity in the service, “Twitter said in a message posted on Tuesday 21 July.
It has become clear to us that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to cause offline harm. In line with this view, this week we are taking further action on the so-called non QAnon ‘activity in the service.
& Mdash; Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
A Twitter spokesperson told NBC News that in the past few weeks it has removed 7,000 QAN accounts for violating rules on targeted harassment. The company said it would end the practice of recommending accounts and content associated with the QAnon conspiracy theory, and would prevent related content from appearing in trends and searches, actions that Twitter says would allow about 150,000 accounts on its service Will affect.
In addition, we will:
1 and trends and recommendations do not serve content and accounts associated with QAnon
2 Work to ensure that we are not exposing this activity in search and interaction
3 QAnon-linked URLs are being shared on Twitter
– Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
Twitter said it would permanently suspend accounts tweeting about these topics, which we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, Or attempting to avoid a previous suspension – something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks. “
The measures will be implemented this week, with Twitter saying it will continue to review this activity in our service and re-update our regulations and enforcement approach if necessary. As we work extensively to protect public interactions in the face of growing threats, we will continue to move forward with transparency and provide greater context on our efforts. “
QAnon formed an online post in 2017 called the mysterious “Q”, which claims to have a security claim with a US government insider. Since it is involved in an online movement, whose followers have pushed a string of conspiracy theories, its central one is that Donald Trump is secretly involved with many rival political, business and military leaders as well as high profile celebrities and Fighting a battle against aka. Deep condition), who are accused of indulging in various nefarious activities.
Action against QAnon is a similar move by Facebook earlier this year, although recent reports have suggested that the number of QAnon groups on the social networking site continues to grow.
Will Twitter have more success viewing QAnon content on its site.
Digital Trend has reached out to Twitter for more information about its measures and we will update this post when we hear back.