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Facebook Bans Accounts Linked to QAnon Conspiracy Group

The social media website is to ban accounts promoting QAnon conspiracy theory material from all its platforms.

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In case you have no idea what QAnon is, it’s a radical conspiracy group that is supposedly comprised of devil-worshipping pedophiles who are plotting against President Donald Trump. Has a more ridiculous sentence ever been uttered? Actually, yes. Yes, it has. 

It gets better – they believe Trump is planning to arrest said group on a predetermined day called “The Storm”. Not gonna lie, this is starting to sound like an awful horror movie you stop watching half-way through. 

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Whether or not this is all true (you can’t see it, but I’m smirking) the whole ordeal has proven to be troublesome because a plethora of accounts who support the group have, in recent months, been sharing violent content. As a result, Facebook announced it would be enforcing rules to limit the QAnon group from operating on their platforms. The social media giant updated that statement in a blog post:

“Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content. This is an update from the initial policy in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when they discussed potential violence…

While we’ve removed QAnon content that celebrates and supports violence, we’ve seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real-world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by certain groups, which diverted the attention of local officials from fighting the fires and protecting the public.”

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In August, Facebook removed over 1,500 pages and 10,000 Instagram accounts related to QAnon. Many more will now be joining that list as a further attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation to the public. Like the claim that Trump was not really sick with the coronavirus, but instead carrying out secret missions in a war. Hmm, okay. 

It’s unknown who originally started putting up the QAnon posts on the message board 4chan, but the anonymous user called himself Q – hence the name of the group. The whole thing is quite peculiar but the more peculiar thing might be that hundreds of thousands of users on social media believe some of the group’s conspiracy theories to be true. 

I mean, to each their own?!

Speaking of conspiracy theories, some people believe Bill Gates is part of an elite group of individuals responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. If that piques your interest, click here to read all about it! Just remember I take no credit for directing you to any stupid/ridiculous statements that you might encounter.

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