Facebook has removed one of the largest public QAnon groups for violating company policies on disinformation, bullying, hate speech and harassment, Reuters reported. The group, called Official Q / Qanon, had nearly 200,000 members, was removed after numerous posts were deleted. A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters the company was also keeping an eye on other QAnon groups.
QAnon is one conspiracy theory who claims, among other things, that President Donald Trump is secretly planning to arrest high-profile Democratic politicians and celebrities for pedophilia or cannibalism. It’s widespread on various social media platforms, and about a dozen Republican candidates for office have expressed support for QAnon’s views. Several QAnon followers have been accused of violent acts.
In April, Facebook removed several groups and pages promoting QAnon for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The company said in one report at the time it had deleted five pages, twenty accounts and six groups associated with “individuals associated with the QAnon Network known to be spreading marginal conspiracy theories”.
Other social platforms have also cracked down on QAnon and its followers; Last month, Twitter banned 7,000 QAnon-connected accounts and took action against some 150,000 others. The company said it would prevent QAnon-related links from being shared on Twitter, and would not recommend or promote QAnon-related accounts in search or trending topics.
Roku pulled a QAnon channel from its platform and Reddit banned the QAnon subreddit r / GreatAwakening for violating the rules against “inciting violence, harassment and the dissemination of personal information.” Video sharing platform TikTok has reportedly blocked several QAnon-related hashtags on its platform.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday.