Facebook has removed almost 1000 QAnon-related pages from its platform as part of a wider purge.
The social media behemoth said in a statement that its goal was “Suppressing the voices of those who seek to protect their communities from institutional and white supremacist violence is an intentional decision to normalize violence as long as the ones employing it hold institutional power.”
It follows on from Twitter’s decision in July to take action against conspiracy content online, which controversially resulted in many spreading the QAnon theory to be removed from the platform including high-profile figures such as Bill Mitchell booted from the site.
Over the past few months, more than 7000 accounts associated with QAnon were yanked as they violated policies around targeted harassment or were established by people who set up multiple accounts to evade suspension.
US President Donald Trump’s refusal to disavow the QAnon conspiracy has seen a flood of dismay from the mainstream media, with headlines like:
The GOP is a refuge for Bigots and Wackos Washington Post
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