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The biggest move IMO, Facebook will no longer feature Qanon groups and pages in the “recommendations” sidebar. This is a big deal.— Brandy Zadrozny (@BrandyZadrozny) August 19, 2020
One scenario is that removing/limiting QAnon groups stalls their growth. Another is that QAnon followers disperse into other groups (anti-vax, reopen, anti-trafficking, etc.) and end up with a lot of new recruits.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) August 19, 2020
2. In its announcement, Facebook lumped together militia groups, which are generally right-wing, with anti-fascist groups, which come from the left. The company provided no insight about why the two groups were counted together.— Nick Martin (@nickmartin) August 19, 2020
Saved for later. Something I'm seeing on FB (it may be mentioned in the article) is Moms & young women who've built trust in the community through their independent businesses (& couponing) diving harder into and promoting Q, Save the Children, etc. Relational trust is powerful!— Justin Hurdle (@Yale13) August 18, 2020
BREAKING from me + @BrandyZadrozny:— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 19, 2020
Facebook cracks down on QAnon, banning 900 groups and pages, 1,500 ads, and restricting over 10,000 Instagram pages, part of new rules against advocating political violence.
Militia movements, anarchist groups also banned.
In any case, QAnon has critical mass now (and probably a member of Congress), so this won't stop the movement. QAnon followers have been planning for a takedown and have backup plans. But removing groups from recommendations could slow the growth.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) August 19, 2020
Facebook stressed this was just the beginning of their QAnon crackdown, saying they're ready to evolve as Q followers change tactics.— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) August 19, 2020
"We don’t think we’re flipping a switch and this won’t be a discussion in a week.”
A notable shift in tone from FB.https://t.co/nROPtzBdnI
"QAnon is the umbrella term for a sprawling set of internet conspiracy theories that allege, falsely, that the world is run by a cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles who are plotting against Mr. Trump while operating a global child sex-trafficking ring."https://t.co/iNkQFEfHXa https://t.co/iMsfhaC9To— Benjamin Law 羅旭能 (@mrbenjaminlaw) August 19, 2020
Here's a quick introduction to QAnon if you're not up for The Atlantic's comprehensive backgrounder: https://t.co/in0qVPGKW8. Families, friends, & therapists of schizophrenics will recognize the pattern of elaborate delusions, except here it also features worship of Trump— Alfie Kohn (@alfiekohn) August 19, 2020
Instead...please link to one these. Bad actors share each other's disinfo. Press should share each other's good info.— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) August 19, 2020
Facebook just removed/downtrended large groups of accounts linked to violent attacks, including QAnon, militias, and protestors calling for riots.— Molly McKew (@MollyMcKew) August 19, 2020
Super interesting that QAnon has now been included in the group of orgs “tied to violence” ... /1https://t.co/pIMvLahSXp
In banning anarchist accounts they define as "violent," Facebook is falling in lockstep with Donald Trump—putting the pieces in place to ensure that the police and Federal forces have a free hand to employ violence against civilians without consequence.https://t.co/C1BVHEgfdM pic.twitter.com/ZnDDRvozQz— CrimethInc. (@crimethinc) August 19, 2020
How @Facebook is addressing movements & organizations tied to violence. This gets to some of the hard questions around QAnon + militia group content. It also progresses away from binary options of remove/allow into recommendations & ranking spaces https://t.co/9hLMjZgvGY— Erin Marie Saltman (@ErinSaltman) August 19, 2020
QAnon is an elaborate, unfounded conspiracy theory alleging that Donald Trump is secretly saving the world from a group of prominent Satanic cannibals that run the world. The group has been linked to several violent, criminal incidents. https://t.co/f5lQvhXP7B— Maggie O'Mara (@maggieKTVB7) August 19, 2020
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QAnon members incite & engage in violence. One threatened to kill Joe Biden.— Christopher C. Alberto (@ChrisAlbertoLaw) August 20, 2020
The FBI warns QAnon poses a potential domestic terror threat.
Just before the election, as QAnon ramps up its activities, Trump coyly invites election violence.
From me: “There needs to be a real change in how these platforms think about conspiracy theories and the real-world harm they cause,” said Cindy Otis, vice president of analysis for Alethea Group, an organization that investigates disinformation. https://t.co/7aM0VIi7cN— Cindy Otis (@CindyOtis_) August 20, 2020
Facebook's craven choice to lump together anarchists and anti-fascists with far-right extremists under the pretense of "Addressing Movements and Organizations tied to Violence" has directly impacted a number of our @ChannelZeroNet accounts. https://t.co/2y4nsUg7H1— Channel Zero (@ChannelZeroNet) August 19, 2020
This Axios article is inaccurate. It implies Facebook's crackdown was solely about QAnon. https://t.co/rTk2Dg2toB— Memelord (@dailydigger19) August 19, 2020
BUT Facebook's official blog post announcement names ANTIFA groups also being on the chopping block https://t.co/wirTkZSL4P pic.twitter.com/8VYWYxqJDI
Facebook is now banning pages and content that encourage "riots," and anti-fascist organizing. Presumably the protest from Sunday night would qualify, simply because SPD declared it a riot, despite them instigating and perpetuating the violence.https://t.co/v9ChyNsl76— Spek (@spekulation) August 19, 2020
FB on Wed. banned about 900 pages and groups and 1,500 ads tied to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, part of a sweeping action that also restricted the reach of over 10k Instagram pages and almost 2k FB groups pushing the baseless conspiracy theory— LiA (@LibsInAmerica) August 20, 2020
Facebook removes hundreds of QAnon groups, thousands of ads;— File411 (@File411) August 19, 2020
-down rank QAnon, militia and anarchist protest groups on users’ News Feeds
??a really BIG DEAL??
-will no longer be featured in the “recommendations” sidebar on similar pageshttps://t.co/7BTXAdPFzL via @nbcnews
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