These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theories
The social network no
longer tolerates publications by sympathizers of conspiracy theories.
Last week's violent invasion of Capitol Hill seems to have served as an electroshock to the major social networks. Twitter has just announced a major offensive against the followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory with the deletion of 70,000 accounts.
Two of Donald Trump's relatives have been banned.
In a blog post, the platform explained the reasons for this decision: "These accounts were engaged in the sharing of harmful content associated with QAnon on a large scale and were mainly dedicated to spreading this conspiracy theory through the service". As early as Friday, the company had already indicated its willingness to permanently delete the profiles that propagate these conspiracy messages. CNBC recalls in this respect that this led to the banishment of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, two close relatives of Donald Trump.
This voluntarism is not insignificant when one remembers Twitter's attitude towards QAnon in the past. Summoned to react to content deemed dangerous, the platform had decided to delete 7000 accounts linked to the movement last July. These were profiles that "violated the social network's rules on harassment, hate speech, and incitement to violence".
However, Twitter believed that if they didn't get off the hook, these supporters had the right to express their views. As a result, thousands of QAnon accounts remained online, some of which were still very influential and addressed issues related to the pandemic and vaccines. Following the realization of the concrete consequences of these conspiracy theories, the movement no longer has the right to be quoted on the social network.
As a reminder, QAnon is an extreme right-wing conspiracy theory, part of the 4Chan forum in 2017. The main idea is that a vast satanist pedophile criminal organization is about to be stopped and that President Trump is aware of this conspiracy and is working in the shadows to allow the arrest of influential figures, often from the left, belonging to the political, media and cultural world. This plot is tending to diversify today to encompass all the issues of the moment, including vaccines and the covid-19 pandemic. The FBI has classified QAnon among the groups representing a risk of violence and domestic terrorism.