Over the past several months, the conspiracy theory known as QAnon, which posits that politicians and A-list celebrities are engaging in child abuse and a “deep state” effort to undermine President Trump, has gone from being a curiosity to an increasingly dangerous force in American politics and society. And the group has flourished thanks to social media platforms. advertisement advertisement It took until July 21 for Twitter to ban 7,000 QAnon accounts and until October 6 for Facebook to finally make the decision to remove “any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon” and ban any group representing the conspiracy theory. In a recent TV interview, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, demurred rather than straight-out condemned QAnon, saying, “We’re looking very closely at QAnon. We already implemented a large number of different policies that have helped to maintain that in a responsible way.” Three days later, YouTube finally announced that it would “prohibit content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence” by groups such as QAnon. But it still allows content discussing QAnon if it doesn’t target individuals. It is mind-blowing to me that it has taken more than… Read full this story
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