Twitter has permanently removed thousands of accounts from its platform amid a massive crackdown on violent content.
As the social media giant announced in a blog post by Twitter Safety, they have taken steps to counter attempts to “incite violence, organize attacks, and share deliberately misleading information about the election outcome.”
According to Twitter, 70,000 QAnon-related accounts have been suspended from the platform, whereas a large number of accounts belonged to people who were in charge of running multiple accounts.
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. 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,” the company revealed in the blog post.
“Many of the individuals impacted by this 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.
“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 move follows shortly after Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform following the insurrection at the US Capitol.
While critics have suggested that tech giants are cracking down on ‘free speech’, major social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, have recently begun taking serious measures in combating violent content and false information.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this post with your family and friends. For more news and stories, follow us on Facebook!