Twitter outlined Tuesday sweeping actions it’s taking to limit the reach of QAnon, saying the right-wing conspiracy theory has the potential to lead to offline harm as it gathers popularity on social media and seeps into mainstream politics.
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Twitter said it will no longer recommend tweets with QAnon content and will block QAnon topics and terms from appearing its Trending section.
The company will also prevent URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter and work to deamplify QAnon content from its search feature.
A Twitter spokesperson said the company has banned 7,000 accounts associated with QAnon in the last few weeks because they violated policies around targeted harassment or were established by people who set up multiple accounts to evade suspension.
In total, Twitter expects 150,000 accounts will be affected by the limits on trending topics and search.
Earlier this month, a QAnon-linked conspiracy falsely claiming that furniture company Wayfair was secretly selling children trended on Twitter, revealing how the platform can quickly disseminate conspiracies.
“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 said.
QAnon refers to a fringe right-wing conspiracy theory that purports President Donald Trump is fighting against a group of elites inside the U.S. government who run a child sex trafficking ring. The conspiracy has picked up mainstream recognition in recent months, including a nod from Eric Trump, outright support from three Republican congressional candidates and retweets of QAnon supporters by President Trump himself.