Twitter shut down tens of thousands of accounts spreading the Qanon theory

Twitter shut down tens of thousands of accounts spreading the Qanon theory

The social network said the accounts were spreading “malicious content”

Twitter said it has blocked more than 70,000 more accounts since Friday that were mainly engaged in spreading QAnon’s conspiracy theory.

The social network’s decision was preceded by violence in Washington, D.C., when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol.

“In light of the violent events in Washington and the heightened risk of harm, on Friday we began permanently blocking thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to QAnon-related content sharing,” the company said in a blog post Monday.

“These accounts were engaged in large-scale distribution of malicious QAnon-related content and were primarily devoted to promoting this conspiracy theory throughout the service,” the company said.

QAnon supporters promote theories on social media, one of which claims Trump is in a secret fight against a clique of child sexual exploiters that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood figures and “deep state” supporters.

On Friday, Twitter announced that it was permanently suspending accounts promoting QAnon-related content, denying the rulers of these conspiracy theories access to the service.