Patreon will remove accounts from ‘QAnon-dedicated creators’

Patreon is cracking down on QAnon content material.

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Membership web site Patreon on Thursday shared an update to its policies, saying it will now not assist creator accounts that “advance disinformation selling the QAnon conspiracy theory.” QAnon is a far-right conspiracy concept that falsely alleges there is a “deep state” plot in opposition to US President Donald Trump.

Patreon says a small variety of creators on its platform have supported QAnon via their work. 

“Due to this, and the truth that we now have seen quite a lot of different on-line platforms change into overrun with pages and teams actively centered round QAnon disinformation, we’re taking motion,” the corporate mentioned in a weblog put up. “Any longer, QAnon-dedicated creators which might be recognized by our Coverage and Belief & Security groups may have their accounts faraway from Patreon.”

In the meantime, creators who “have propagated some QAnon content material” however aren’t devoted to spreading the misinformation may have the prospect to adjust to the up to date pointers. Patreon will attain out to creators within the coming days to supply steering on how the brand new coverage will have an effect on their accounts.

“This coverage change applies solely to creators engaged in spreading QAnon-supporting disinformation,” Patreon notes. “Merely mentioning, entertaining, reporting on, or debunking QAnon just isn’t a violation of our pointers. This coverage replace is solely addressing the propagation of disinformation associated to QAnon.”

Social media websites together with Fb, Twitter and YouTube have cracked down on QAnon content, with Fb saying earlier this month that it will take down Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even when posts do not include violent content material.

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