In one of broadest actions ever, Facebook bans QAnon across platforms

In one of broadest actions ever, Facebook bans QAnon across platforms

[Ed. – I admit to knowing little about QAnon, but I’ve never understood it to be a “group that repeatedly calls for violence.”  To the extent I’ve seen “Q” communications shared on social media, it seems to mostly tell its devotees to wait for future “clues.”  I’m guessing the bit about “calling for violence” is based on the Pizzagate case from a few years ago.  I don’t even know that anyone called for violence in that case; the perp with the gun may have simply taken it into his own head.  While carrying no brief for QAnon, I foresee Facebook and other platforms lumping anyone they can in with QAnon — such as average “MAGA” users — and likewise deeming them to be a source of violent threat.  This move seems to be taken on too little evidence (and, what do you know, just a month before the election.  Go figure).]

Facebook said Tuesday that it is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms, a significant escalation over its previous actions and one of the broadest rules the social media giant has put in place in its history.

Facebook said the change is an update on the policy it created in August that initially only removed accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory that discussed violence, which resulted in the termination of 1,500 pages, groups and profiles.

A company spokesperson said the enforcement, which started Tuesday, will “bring to parity what we’ve been doing on other pieces of policy with regard to militarized social movements,” such as militia and terror groups that repeatedly call for violence.

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