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San Francisco (AFP)
Twitter announced Monday that it had suspended “more than 70,000 accounts” linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory following the attack on the United States Capitol by a crowd of supporters of President Donald Trump.
The social network began its purge on Friday, shortly after permanently suspending Trump’s account for language that could incite violence.
“As of Friday, over 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with multiple instances of a single individual operating multiple accounts,” Twitter said in a blog post.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful content associated with QAnon on a large scale and were primarily dedicated to spreading this conspiracy theory across the service. ”
The far-right QAnon conspiracy theory claims that Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshiping pedophiles.
Most major social media platforms have taken unprecedented action since Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory, shocking the United States and tarnishing its international image.
Facebook and Twitter have both indefinitely suspended the accounts of Trump, who refused to accept the November 3 election result and spread baseless theories that the vote was rigged.
Both platforms have raised the risk of future violence, particularly ahead of Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Twitter said it had also taken into account that plans for more armed protests were multiplying on and off the service, including a second proposed attack on the U.S. Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17.
The social network was Trump’s favorite megaphone, and his account had 88 million subscribers when it was suspended.
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