Twitter, along with a number of other social media companies, have decided not only to put their foot down this week, but grind their soles to a pulp upon whatever lays below.
First, Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump’ account, and then limited his ability to use other, official government accounts as well. In a statement, the social media company suggested that allowing Trump to tweet unfettered was, in their opinion, a national security threat.
Now, just a few days later, Twitter is again taking aim at the MAGA movement, targeting a vast number of those espousing the Qanon conspiracy theory.
Twitter on Monday said they have suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were engaged in sharing “harmful QAnon-associated content,” which they say were dedicated to “the propagation of this conspiracy theory” across the platform.
In a post on Monday, Twitter said that they have been taking strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to “offline harm” in the wake of the Capitol riot last week.
The statement was stern.
“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon,” Twitter said Monday.
Twitter said that many of the individuals impacted by their updated enforcement action “held multiple accounts, driving up the total number of accounts impacted.”
“Since Friday, more than 70,000 accounts have been suspended as a result of our efforts, with many instances of a single individual operating numerous accounts,” Twitter said. “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.”
Many within the Qanon community believe that President Trump is secretly fighting the Deep State, and that we are on the precipice of “the storm” – a moment in which secretly placed authorities will begin to arrest high profile, anti-Trump politicians.