Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

Gives itself a job to ‘protect the public conversation’

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Twitter has decided to crack down on QAnon, the bizarre conspiracy theory that suggests US president Donald Trump is working to expose a cabal of deep-state Satanist paedophiles that secretly runs the world.

The avian network made its medium the message, as follows:

The company added that the Q-busting action will start this week and that it will "continue to review this activity across our service and update our rules and enforcement approach again if necessary."

The last tweet in the thread offered an unusually plain-spoken view of how Twitter sees its role.

The Register understands that Twitter is the first major social network to take action on QAnon, but of course also hosts much uncivil commentary including strident racism, hyper-partisan content, conspiracy theories and – unlike other social networks – happily hosts adult entertainers and their video content.

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However, none of those contentious uses of the network have been rated a domestic terrorism risk, an assessment the US FBI applied to QAnon in 2019.

Twitter has also arguably led the social media pack by refusing to take political advertising and fact-checking Donald Trump's Tweets.

But its action on QAnon may be too little, too late. Trump has previously shared Q content on his Twitter feed, and the Republican Party he leads has endorsed candidates that openly espouse QAnon theories. ®

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