(PoliticalLookout.com)- Whatever you think about the Q-Anon movement, the idea that it results in “offline harm” is pretty wild. Well, it’s not so much wild as it is a downright lie.
Regardless, this is the latest narrative being pushed by social media giant Twitter. Just days after it suffered a major security breached that saw users encouraged to give Bitcoin to con artists, Twitter made the bold move to ban more than 7,000 accounts that promoted the “Q-Anon” movement. A further 150,000 Twitter accounts were limited in some ways, including temporary restrictions.
Twitter Safety published a tweet on July 22 explaining their actions, describing their belief that the accounts were promoting a message that could lead to “offline harm.”
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter said.
We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
“In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.”
As part of the move, the Twitter platform will also stop recommending accounts that promote the Q-Anon theory, and more measures will be taken to reduce the spread of tweets that spread this message. Some 150,000 accounts will be affected according to a spokesperson from the company who spoke to NBC News.
The Twitter spokesperson also said that the accounts were being targeted under existing Twitter rules about platform manipulation. However, the decision to classify the followers of the Q-Anon theory has sparked conversation about whether Twitter is trying to cover something up.
Websites that share information about Q-Anon in a way that promotes the theory have also been blocked from being shared on the platform, and those who share links to those websites may risk their accounts being compromised in the future.
It comes after the FBI designates the Q-Anon movement as a potential domestic terror threat last year. Hey, who knows, maybe it is and maybe it’s not, but let’s face it…how many Q-Anon people on Twitter have you seen advocating violence?