QAnon groups and pages flourish on Facebook, report says

Angela Lang/CNET

An inside Fb investigation has reportedly uncovered thousands of groups and pages on the social community that assist the QAnon conspiracy theory. These teams and pages have greater than three million members and followers, in response to NBC Information, which reviewed inside Fb paperwork. 

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy principle alleging there is a plot by the “deep state” in opposition to President Donald Trump and his supporters. 

Fb has been investigating QAnon teams and pages since at the very least June, in response to NBC Information, and should think about treating the motion just like the way it handles anti-vaccination content material. Fb demotes the ranking of groups or pages that unfold misinformation about vaccines, and it excludes them from suggestions. Different social networks, together with Twitter and Reddit, have additionally taken motion in opposition to content material supporting the QAnon conspiracy principle.

Requested by CNET concerning the NBC Information report, Fb on Tuesday mentioned it has groups assessing its insurance policies in opposition to QAnon and is exploring extra actions to take. 

“Implementing in opposition to QAnon on Fb just isn’t new: we persistently take motion in opposition to accounts, Teams, and Pages tied to QAnon that break our guidelines,” mentioned a Fb firm spokesperson. “Simply final week, we eliminated a big Group with QAnon affiliations for violating our content material insurance policies, and eliminated a community of accounts for violating our insurance policies in opposition to coordinated inauthentic conduct.”

Final Thursday, Fb mentioned it removed a network of fake accounts tied to Romania, a few of which posted about varied US political matters, together with the upcoming November election and QAnon.


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Carrie Mihalcik