Fb mentioned Tuesday that it’ll take down any pages linked to the QAnon motion, in an additional bid to take away disinformation from its platform simply weeks earlier than the election.
Fb up to date a post it initially authored in August, when it mentioned it might take away “Fb Pages, Teams and Instagram accounts tied to offline anarchist teams that assist violent acts amidst protests, US-based militia organizations and QAnon.” That got here simply days after Fb declared it would not fact-check disinformation.
Now, Fb says it is going to take away any and all pages “representing” the QAnon motion. (The replace was noted earlier by Buzzfeed.) It’s not clear whether or not posts from people not formally tied to the group shall be affected.
“Beginning right now, we’ll take away any Fb Pages, Teams and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even when they include no violent content material,” Fb mentioned. “That is an replace from the preliminary coverage in August that eliminated Pages, Teams and Instagram accounts related to QAnon once they mentioned potential violence whereas imposing a sequence of restrictions to restrict the attain of different Pages, Teams and Instagram accounts related to the motion. Pages, Teams and Instagram accounts that characterize an recognized Militarized Social Motion are already prohibited. And we’ll proceed to disable the profiles of admins who handle Pages and Teams eliminated for violating this coverage, as we started doing in August.”
Fb mentioned that it might start imposing the brand new coverage instantly, however it might take time and would want to proceed within the “coming days and weeks”.
Fb mentioned it now acknowledged that QAnon’s affect prolonged past simply the potential for violence, and into totally different types of real-world hurt. These included “current claims that the west coast wildfires had been began by sure teams, which diverted consideration of native officers from combating the fires and defending the general public,” Fb added.
A report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) discovered that the variety of customers participating in dialogue of QAnon on Twitter and Fb have surged this 12 months, according to Reuters, with QAnon membership on Fb rising by 120 % in March. Reuters additionally reported that Etsy has blocked the sale of all QAnon-related merchandise on Etsy.