Facebook Cracks Down on QAnon by Scrubbing Hundreds of Groups - 2020-08-19

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F375.png Facebook Cracks Down on QAnon by Scrubbing Hundreds of Groups August 19, 2020, Will Sommer, Daily Beast

Facebook announced plans Wednesday to crack down on QAnon supporters on its site, making the platform the latest social-media giant to attempt to stop the online spread of the pro-Trump conspiracy theory.

The company plans to delete 790 Facebook groups and 100 pages devoted to spreading QAnon, while also taking steps to make it harder for QAnon supporters to spread their message on the platform. Facebook has also blocked more than 300 hashtags used by QAnon supporters on Facebook and Instagram, as well as adding new restrictions on nearly 2,000 Facebook groups and more than 10,000 Instagram accounts.

The announcement comes a month after Twitter announced plans to delete 7,000 QAnon accounts and limit the reach of 150,000 others.

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