Facebook to crack down on QAnon groups, themes and accounts

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Facebook is cracking down on groups, themes and accounts that represent the QAnon movement. If a group’s description or name suggests it supports QAnon, Facebook will take it off. This also applies to Instagram accounts.

It will not apply to individual content, nor to individual Instagram users who frequently post on QAnon but do not explicitly identify themselves as representing the QAnon movement.

QAnon refers to a conspiracy theory group that spreads the idea that US President Donald Trump is fighting an elite group in the US government who run a child trafficking ring. The movement has gained recognition in recent months from Eric Trump, the support of some Republican candidates for Congress, as well as retweets from the president himself, as per reports.

Facebook’s first attempt to restrict such accounts came in August, when some 1,500 QAnon accounts and groups were removed for showing potential violence. Previous attempts have, however, been insufficient as the spread of the movement has been defined by the FBI as a potential threat of internal terror.

“We have been vigilant in applying our policy and studying its impact on the platform, but we have encountered several issues leading to today’s update,” Facebook he said in a blog post. “For example, while we removed QAnon content that celebrates and supports violence, we saw other QAnon content related to different forms of real-world damage, including recent claims that the West Coast fires were caused by certain groups, which diverted the attention of local officials from fighting fires and protecting the public. “

The new rules will be enforced by Facebook’s operations team of dangerous organizations, the group that also imposes a ban on terrorist and hate groups. The new policy does not restrict individual accounts promoting QAnon under their identity, which is a loophole in the crackdown. Lot of Facebook groups began using codes like 17 as a replacement for Q as early as April, The Guardian reported.

“QAnon’s messages change very quickly and we see networks of supporters building an audience with one message and then quickly switching to another,” Facebook She said. “We expect new attempts to evade our detection, both in behavior and in the content shared on our platform, so we will continue to study the impact of our efforts and be ready to update our policy and application as needed.”

The new policy does not apply to individual accounts promoting QAnon under their identity.

News Underline:

  • Facebook it will delete QAnon, groups, themes and accounts.
  • This will also apply to Instagram accounts whose name or description supports the conspiracy theory group.
  • Facebook’s first attempt to limit those accounts came in August but it wasn’t enough.

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