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Twitter has suspended 70,000 QAnon accounts since U.S. Capitol riot


Twitter CEO and Co Founder, Jack Dorsey addresses students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), on November 12, 2018 in New Delhi, India.Amal KS | Hindustan Times | Getty ImagesTwitter on Monday evening announced that is has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory.”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,” the company said in a blog post.The suspensions come after the company on Friday said that it would permanently remove accounts sharing QAnon content. The company on Friday suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump.The company’s shares closed down more than 6% on Monday. It was the first trading session since Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account.Twitter’s announcement comes as social media companies step up their efforts to rid their services of content that could lead to violence like the events of the insurgency at the U.S. Capitol.Earlier on Monday Facebook said that it would remove content containing the phrase “stop the steal” from its services in the lead-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.See also: Op-ed — It’s time for Congress to hold social media companies liable

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