Twitter has decided the latest threat to society are QAnon followers – with the social media giant banning 7,000 accounts and limiting the reach of 150,000 more in a widespread crackdown against people who believe President Trump is part of a plan to take down the Deep State.
According to NBC News, the 7,000 QAnon account bans were in response to “breaking its rules on targeted harassment,” while the 150,000 other accounts will no longer appear in ‘recommended follows,’ nor will any of their content be included in ‘trends’ and search.
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
NBC News‘ Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny point to the recent harassment of “TV personality and author Chrissy Teigen,” who deleted 60,000 tweets after her history of sexualizing children, frequent pizza references, and an unsupported rumor that she flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘lolita express’ resulted in QAnon followers and others suggesting she’s a pedophile.
When will you explain these tweets @chrissyteigen ? Cc: @DOJPH pic.twitter.com/xzH5HwA3Uu
— 47™️ (@fadde) July 14, 2020
Here’s this one too !!!! May she feel the wrath of God !!!! pic.twitter.com/kAfQIWsCZX
— Nita (@Nita95059656) July 14, 2020
While her strange tweets were real, evidence that she flew on Epstein’s infamous pedo plane appears to have been fabricated. While several articles have been written about QAnon followers harassing Teigen over the Epstein connection, somehow they glossed over her tweets about children.
This type of harassment campaign is known as “swarming” or “brigading,” and Twitter said those swarms will no longer be allowed on the platform. Twitter will ban users who threaten users during QAnon-related swarms, and limit the reach and search visibility of those who participate in them.
A Twitter spokesperson said this sort of anti-harassment policy could apply to other groups that are primarily motivated by targeted harassment in the future. –NBC News
So, given the recent media attention we’re guessing Teigen’s ‘targeted harassment’ is what prompted Twitter’s QAnon crackdown – a move which might backfire and make people more inclined to follow the movement, according to journalist Paul Joseph Watson.
QAnon is bullshit, but by banning it, this will only make people inclined to believe in it believe in it more.
Another genius move. https://t.co/IyGsasUXYY
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 22, 2020
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But Twitter also announced this week new rules on child exploitation. According to Twitter safety: Discussions on “attractions towards minors” are permitted.
So hardcore Trump supporters are NOT allowed.
But discussions on attration to kids IS allowed.
What a sick bunch. (TGP)