While Facebook has clamped down on QAnon content on its site, Donald Trump has hailed the conspiracy theorists as patriots.
QAnon, the hole in the ground filled with trolls, paranoia and links to the White House has been officially zucced, as Facebook has announced it has removed 790 QAnon groups from its platform. They’ve also restricted another 1,950 groups, 440 pages and more than 10,000 Instagram accounts related to spreading their baseless brand of QAnonsense.
QAnon, of course, gained notoriety with their assertions that the entire world is run by paedophiles. Recently, they hijacked a Twitter hashtag, one erected to raise awareness about human trafficking, to advance their own truculent creed.
Per a statement on their site, Facebook said that they were “taking action against Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts tied to offline anarchist groups that support violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organisations and QAnon. We already remove content calling for or advocating violence and we ban organisations and individuals that proclaim a violent mission.”
According to The New York Times, “Facebook became increasingly concerned by QAnon’s presence in May, said two employees with knowledge of the efforts, who were not authorized (sic) to speak publicly. That was when a video known as “Plandemic,” featuring a discredited scientist spreading a baseless conspiracy theory about the coronavirus, gathered steam on the social network, fueled by QAnon groups.”
Facebook’s move arrives a month after Twitter announced that it was removing thousands of QAnon accounts and said it was blocking trends and key phrases related to QAnon from appearing in its search and Trending Topics section.
Clearly, QAnon has lurched from the fringe to mainstream, aided and abetted by Donald Trump, who this morning said that “I heard that these are people who love our country.”
When a reporter explained the conspiracy theory to him — and how that it revolves around a false narrative that Trump is leading a secret, the government-led charge against paedophiles, cannibals and satanic worshippers — Trump responded: “Is that supposed to be a bad thing?”
“If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it,” Trump said.