Facebook says it will be removing content related to the unsubstantiated conspiracy theory, QAnon, from its platform and sister company Instagram, from all sites, groups and accounts that represent QAnon, regardless of whether they share content related to potential violence.
Since efforts to remove QAnon content began this summer, more than 1,500 pages and groups representing QAnon and over 6,500 pages associated with more than 300 militarized social movements have been removed.
“While we removed QAnon content that celebrates and supports violence, we’ve seen other QAnon content associated with various forms of damage in the real world, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were being committed by certain groups that have diverted attention from local officials from fighting the fires and protecting the public, “said the social network. “Additionally, QAnon messaging is changing very quickly and we see networks of supporters building an audience with one message and then quickly switching to another.”
The company cautioned the effort will take time and be enforced by its Dangerous Organizations Operations team, which Facebook identified as specialists who are investigating and responding to new developments in content breach from this movement and internal detection.
Twitter took similar steps in July, banning more than 7,000 accounts and declaring that QAnon-related content or connected accounts are no longer in trending. Try to narrow your search results and block URLs associated with QAnon.
Facebook said when it began its campaign against QAnon in August it banned 790 groups, 100 pages, 1,500 ads, blocked 300 hashtags on Facebook and Instagram, and imposed restrictions on 1,950 groups, 440 pages, and over 10,000 Instagram accounts.
With that in mind, Facebook began demoting content on pages and groups that had been restricted but not removed in mid-September.
Last week, ads for QAnon conspiracy theories were officially banned on Facebook and Instagram.
The company also began directing people who searched for specific hashtags related to child safety to credible child safety resources last week to counter a QAnon strategy of using the problem for recruiting and organizing .
“We expect new attempts to escape our discovery, both in terms of behavior and in terms of the content released on our platform,” said Facebook in its update on Tuesday. “We will therefore continue to investigate the impact of our efforts and be ready to update our policies and enforcement measures.” necessary.”
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