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The QAnon conspiracy theory was born on the internet, and while it’s spread to real-life rallies in the US and abroad, it’s continued to thrive and spread online. And yet social-media platforms, where the conspiracy theory gains power and radicalizes people in the US abroad, have been generally slow to act on banning it. 

The conspiracy-theory movement made news again last week, when many of its followers were seen participating in the deadly riot in the US Capitol. The insurrection was fueled by voter-fraud conspiracy theories popularized by the president himself, but QAnon influencers, among other far-right figures, helped spread the theories.

QAnon is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is fighting a deep-state cabal of elite figures who are involved with human trafficking. It is unfounded, and yet its followers — estimated to be in the millions — have reportedly been linked to several alleged crimes, including killings and attempted kidnappings. In 2019, a bulletin from the FBI field office in Phoenix warned that the conspiracy theory movement could become a domestic terrorism threat. 

Here’s how major tech companies have handled the spread of the QAnon conspiracy theory online.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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