On Monday evening, the most sensational social media app Twitter announced that it had suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. Reportedly, these accounts have been associated with sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.
On Friday, the company had announced that it would permanently remove accounts that are sharing QAnon content. That day, the company had suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell. They both were supporters of the former US President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, the company’s shares closed down more than 6 percent on Monday. It was the first trading session since Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account.
Twitter’s announcement comes as social media companies step up their efforts to rid their services of content that could lead to violence like the events of the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol. On the other hand, Facebook announced that it would remove content contains the phrase ‘stop the steal’.