Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

Twitter suspends 70,000 accounts linked to pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy

After booting President Donald Trump off Twitter, the social media app has suspended another 70,000
After booting President Donald Trump off Twitter, the social media app has suspended another 70,000 accounts linked to the harmful QAnon conspiracy theories that helped spur on the mob that attacked the US Capitol. (Photo: AFP/Justin Sullivan)

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter announced on Monday (Jan 11) it has suspended "more than 70,000 accounts" linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the US Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters.

The social network began its purge on Friday, shortly after it had permanently suspended Trump's account for language that could incite violence.

"Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts," Twitter said in a blog post.

"These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service."

The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory claims Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshipping paedophiles.

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Most major social media platforms have taken unprecedented action since Trump's supporters invaded the Capitol Wednesday to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential win, shocking the US and tarnishing its international image.

Facebook and Twitter have both indefinitely suspended the accounts for Trump, who has refused to accept the result of the Nov 3 election and spread baseless theories that the vote was rigged.

Both platforms referred to the risk of future violence, particularly before Biden's inauguration on Jan 20.

Twitter said it also factored in that plans for more armed protests have been proliferating on and off the service, including a proposed second attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on Jan 17.

The social network was Trump's preferred megaphone, and his account had 88 million subscribers when it was suspended.

Source: AFP/lk

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