Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny for NBC News, ‘Twitter bans 7,000 QAnon accounts, limits 150,000 others as part of broad crackdown’:
Twitter announced Tuesday that it has begun taking sweeping actions to limit the reach of QAnon content, banning many of the conspiracy theory’s followers because of problems with harassment and misinformation.
Twitter will stop recommending accounts and content related to QAnon, including material in email and follow recommendations, and it will take steps to limit circulation of content in features like trends and search. The action will affect about 150,000 accounts, said a spokesperson, who asked to remain unnamed because of concerns about the targeted harassment of social media employees.
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.
We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks.
In addition, we will:
1: No longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in Trends and recommendations
2: Work to ensure we’re not highlighting this activity in search and conversations
3: Block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter
Meanwhile, at Facebook: