Facebook to Ban All Groups, Content Related to QAnon

Headline Roundup October 8th, 2020

Social media company Facebook announced Tuesday that it will ban content and groups that express support for QAnon, which refers to a belief that there is a Satan-worshiping cabal of pedophilic elites running a global child sex-trafficking ring. The ban also extends to another popular social media app, Instagram, which is Facebook-owned. Facebook "will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content," according to an update of its policy on addressing "movements and organizations tied to violence." QAnon has been designated a domestic terror threat by the FBI since 2019.

Most coverage on both sides of the spectrum described the move as a ban, rather than censorship. Some reports from right-rated sources criticized Facebook for banning QAnon while purportedly permitting content centered on violent ISIS propaganda.

Facebook to Ban All Groups, Content Related to QAnon

From the Center
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Facebook expanded a ban on QAnon-related content on its various social platforms Tuesday, deepening a previous prohibition on QAnon-related groups that had “discussed potential violence,” according to the company.

Today’s move by Facebook to not only ban violent QAnon content but “any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon” is an escalation by the social giant to clean its platform ahead of an increasingly contentious election.

QAnon is a sprawling set of interwoven pro-Trump conspiracy theories that has taken root inside swaths of the American electorate. Its more extreme...

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From the Right
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Facebook-owned Instagram has announced that will ban all QAnon accounts, including ones that don’t promote violence, while refusing to remove ISIS propaganda accounts that celebrate 9/11 under the justification that “people may express themselves differently.”

In an update to its policy announced yesterday, Facebook said that it was moving beyond a measure taken back in August that removed QAnon accounts which contained “discussions of potential violence.”

“We’ve seen other QAnon content tied to different forms of real world harm, including recent claims that the west coast wildfires were started by...

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From the Left
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QAnon followers were speculating on Tuesday night that Facebook’s new ban on all QAnon groups and pages was part of a complex plan by the Trump administration to root out the “deep state” and arrest their enemies. Or the social media company was trying to squelch the impending news that President Trump was about to crack down on his foes.

QAnon believers were making both arguments. Neither was true.

Earlier on Tuesday, Facebook announced it would remove any group, page or Instagram account associated with the QAnon conspiracy. Within 24...

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