In a move that will spark joy among anyone who’s ever been trolled, Twitter announced today that it’s finally taking major steps to stop the spread of conspiracy theories and misinformation spread by QAnon, a group that started as a single conspiracy theory on Reddit.
“We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks,” the official Twitter Safety account tweeted.
The QAnon faithful, (which includes GOP candidates in bigger and smaller races) as well as high ranking members of the current administration like disgraced General Michael Flynn) believe a secret cabal of pedophiles are running the world and are conspiring to keep Donald Trump from winning a second term. There is no one single person responsible for starting QAnon, and there has never been any evidence suggesting any of their accusations are based in reality.
Twitter made the announcement today in a series of tweets explaining the decision, as well as an explanation of how the platform plans to ban anyone violating the new terms of service. Reactions were predictably mixed, with liberal accounts joyfully sharing the news, and MAGA accounts complaining about censorship and threats to leave Twitter for the conservative app Parler.
This is another step Twitter has made in stopping the spread of misinformation. Recently it began removing content that was used without permission from Donald Trump’s personal account.