INTRO: While US President may back QAnon groups because they praise him, Facebook and other social media giants are not happy with them for spreading baseless conspiracy theories on their platforms. Facebook has, therefore, decided to ban and restrict a truckload of pages, groups, and ads being travel by QAnon members.
Facebook Removes QAnon groups pages, groups, and ads
In a politician blog post, Facebook says that it recently “removed over 790 groups, 100 Pages and 1,500 ads tied to QAnon from Facebook.” it’s even restricted quite “1,950 Groups and 440 Pages on Facebook and over 10,000 accounts on Instagram.” These QAnon were employing a slew of hashtags to feed their conspiracy theories to more users. Over 300 hashtags are blocked across Fb and Instagram also.
The social media giant further details how it handles borderline violent content on its platform. But, the main target is prominently on QAnon and US militia groups. Facebook is looking to not only remove existing pages and groups violating its moderation policy. Instead, it’ll also purposefully restrict their ability to arrange and reach more users on the platform.
Facebook Official Blog :
“We also will remove Pages, Groups, and Instagram accounts where we identify discussions of potential violence, including once they use veiled language and symbols particular to the movement to do so,” reads the blog post. Facebook is following Twitter’s cause a crackdown on QAnon groups.
The members of such groups were found spreading the conspiracy theory that the US President Donald Trump is waging a secret war against Satanic Democrats, celebrities, and other powerful personnel including Bill Gates. Even the FBI identifies QAnon as a possible terrorism threat, one that’s been linked to varied acts of violence.
Fb has been trying to combat the spread of misinformation and false theories by groups and pages for years. However, it’s the necessity of the hour for the corporate to now expand its ‘Dangerous Individuals and Organizations’ policy. This enables Facebook to require necessary action against groups and movements which will appear as risks to public safety.
The company has laid out actions it’s taking to guard users against QAnon theories and misinformation spread on the platform. You can inspect the steps Fb is adopting right here.