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Twitter suspends more than 70,000 QAnon accounts

New York: Twitter said it had suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were mainly dedicated to sharing QAnon content after last week’s violence in Washington when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.

“Due to the violent events in Washington, DC, and the increased risk of harm, we initiated the final suspension of thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said in a blog late Monday.

“These accounts were widely involved in sharing malicious content linked to QAnon and were primarily intended to spread conspiracy theory across the service,” the company said.

Supporters of QAnon have driven plots on social media that include the unfounded claim that Trump is secretly fighting a gang of pedophiles, including prominent Democrats, Hollywood personalities and allies of the “deep state”

Twitter said on Friday that it would permanently suspend accounts promoting QAnon content, and ban prominent right-wing conspiracy theorists.

The storming of the Capitol building last week by Trump supporters delayed the confirmation of Biden’s election victory.

Lawmakers were forced to flee as the building was attacked by supporters of the president who overran the security forces. Five people were killed in the violence, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten while trying to repel the crowds.

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