Facebook takes tougher stance against QAnon content

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Fb is cracking down on QAnon.

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Facebook mentioned Tuesday that it will take down Fb pages, teams and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, a far-right conspiracy idea that falsely alleges there is a “deep state” plot towards President Donald Trump, even when posts do not comprise violent content material.

The social community’s harder stance comes after Facebook said in August that it will take away these QAnon accounts, pages and teams after they mentioned potential violence, and would restrict the attain of customers tied to the motion.

Fb mentioned it is taking sturdy motion towards QAnon content material as a result of it is seen posts that included totally different types of hurt, corresponding to false claims that sure teams began the west coast wildfires. Misinformation in regards to the wildfires diverted the eye of native officers combating the fires.

“Moreover, QAnon messaging modifications in a short time and we see networks of supporters construct an viewers with one message after which shortly pivot to a different. We intention to fight this extra successfully with this replace that strengthens and expands our enforcement towards the conspiracy idea motion,” Fb mentioned.

The social community mentioned it eliminated greater than 1,500 QAnon pages and teams that contained discussions of potential violence. The corporate additionally pulled down over 6,500 pages and teams tied to greater than 300 militarized social actions.

On the identical time, Fb has been criticized by advocacy teams and politicians for not appearing shortly sufficient to curb the unfold of QAnon content material. Some lawmakers praised Fb for taking a harder stance towards QAnon however mentioned they’d control how the coverage will get applied. 

“Finally the true take a look at can be whether or not Fb really takes measures to implement these new insurance policies — we have seen in a myriad of different contexts, together with with respect to right-wing militias just like the Boogaloos, that Fb has repeatedly didn’t constantly implement its present insurance policies,” Sen. Mark Warner, a Virginia Democrat, mentioned in an announcement.

Fb mentioned it will begin implementing the brand new coverage towards QAnon content material now, however that “this work will take time and must proceed within the coming days and weeks.”

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Queenie Wong