Facebook has banned the accounts of one of the largest public QAnon groups for violating the company’s policy on misinformation, bullying, hate speech and harassment, Reuters reported. The group, known as Official Q/Qanon, has nearly 200,000 members. A Facebook spokesman told Reuters the company was also monitoring other QAnon groups.
QAnon’s followers believe that the state has a “deep state” and that many of the top celebrities and politicians are paedophiles and cannibals. Mr. Trump, for his part, is seen by conspiracy theorists as the “saviour” of his presidential campaign to free Americans from a bureaucratic state full of child abuse and worship of the devil. The claim went viral on several social media platforms, with more than a dozen Republican candidates expressing support for QAnon’s views, and some of QAnon’s followers accused of violence.
Back in April, Facebook removed several groups and pages promoting QAnon for “coordinated untruthful behavior.” The company said in a report at the time that it had removed five pages, 20 accounts and six groups related to “individuals known to be associated with the QAnon network that spread fringe conspiracy theories.”
Other social platforms have also hit QAnon and its followers; last month, Twitter banned 7,000 Accounts Linked to QAnon and took action on about 150,000 other accounts. The company said it would block sharing QAnon-related links on Twitter and would not recommend or promote QAnon-related accounts in searchors or trending topics.
Roku removed a QAnon channel from its platform, while Reddit banned the entire QAnon sub-community r/GreatAwakening because it violated its rules against “inciting violence, harassing and disseminating personal information.” TikTok, the video-sharing platform that recently hit the forefront, has also reportedly blocked several QAnon-related tags on its platform.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.