Twitter has suspended more than 70,000 QAnon accounts after the US Capitol siege, citing an increased risk of harm after the violent insurrection in Washington.
Supporters of the QAnon movement were seen on the front line in last week’s violence at the Capitol.
The tech company said it started to block the accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory following the siege of the US Capitol. on Friday afternoon.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service,” Twitter said in a blog post.
According to Twitter, the number of suspensions was very high because many individuals held multiple accounts linked to QAnon, the conspiracy theory that baselessly claims President Donald Trump is working to dismantle a network of elite child-abusers who run the world affairs.
However, the company’s suspension decision has resulted in follower count changes in the thousands for a number of people’s accounts.
Look who’s telling on themselves pic.twitter.com/sOyzHnb3u3— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 12, 2021