Important new announcement for Twitter. The US social network has just announced the suppression of 70,000 accounts affiliated with the far-right movement QAnon, within days after deleting the US President’s account. Outgoing Donald Trump.
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy movement. His followers defend the idea that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal sect made up of Satanist pedophiles.
Like the president, accused of rooting for rioters on Capitol Hill on January 6 during Joe Biden’s certification in Congress, QAnon members on Twitter are accused of using the social network for violent purposes. “Plans for future armed protests proliferate on Twitter and elsewhere, including for a second attack on the Capitol on January 17, 2021, “Twitter noted Friday.
Decision more or less well received
On January 6, several hundred pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, prompting the suspension of Joe Biden’s certification and the evacuation of the building. In particular, five people were killed in the riots, including a police officer and a protester who were mortally wounded by police shooting. After fueling the fire for several days on Twitter, Donald Trump finally backed down and condemned the events. But since then several ministers have resigned from their government. Trump will end his term on January 20, 2021.
The decision of the social network was received with freshness, even by some European leaders like Angela Merkel, who considered this decision “problematic” because it shows the omnipotence of the platforms in terms of freedom of expression. Social networks, and in particular Twitter, have been accused of allowing hateful opinions to proliferate and arbitrarily censoring certain accounts.