Popular Chinese-owned social media company TikTok has followed Twitter’s lead in booting QAnon content off their platform.
ABC News reports that TikTok has disabled the ability for users to search for hashtags referencing QAnon, which had become extremely popular racking up 80 million views on July 22 before it was purged the next day,
For the uninitiated, QAnon is a popular conspiracy theory originally from the 4chan and 8chan websites, where supporters believe that a secretive alliance backing President Donald Trump and communicating to ‘patriots’ via back-door social media channels. Many even believe the President himself confirms the messages, known as ‘Q-drops’, by his body language and other secret signals to the Q-Army.
The censoring on TikTok follows Twitter’s move which saw the removal of 7,000 QAnon accounts and introduced restrictions on posting links associated with conspiracy.
As cancel culture builds across social media, many of the conspiracy community are convinced the crackdown is associated with the 2020 election year, the Covid-19 pandemic (or as it’s known to backers: Plandemic) and a wider move to silence dissenting opinions across all social media platforms.
You can read my previous post which covers the Twitter decision and why, although it may not be part of a grand conspiracy, it’s certainly not a good idea to open social media to censorship.
Watch this space…
Daniel is a Melbourne-based multimedia journalist with international experience as an editor, producer, designer and artist at some of Australasia’s biggest newsrooms. A longtime commentator and reporter on internet culture, he now journals his observations on digital life and counterculture for Boldly.