Facebook banning all QAnon accounts to stop ‘militarized social movements’

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Facebook is banning all QAnon accounts from its platforms as part of its move to block “militarized social movements” from operating and organizing online, the social media giant announced Tuesday.

The move, which also extends to Instagram, represents the company’s strongest response yet to the controversial online right-wing conspiracy movement that has increasingly inserted itself into the nation’s political discourse.

“Starting today, we will remove Facebook pages, groups, and Instagram accounts for representing QAnon,” the company said in a press release. “We’re starting to enforce this updated policy today and are removing content accordingly, but this work will take time and will continue in the coming days and weeks.”

“Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports,” the release said.

The move goes one step beyond Facebook’s change in ad guidelines last week, which banned any ads for QAnon.

The company initially took down QAnon accounts that discussed violence, prompting the removal of some 1,500 pages, groups, and profiles after the change in policy was announced in August.

By expanding the ban to advertisers and, now, all accounts tied to QAnon, Facebook said it seeks to “bring to parity what we’ve been doing on other pieces of policy with regard to militarized social movements.”

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