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70,000 Twitter accounts linked to QAnon conspiracy theory suspended

The social media giant, Twitter Inc. has suspended over 70,000 accounts that were primarily used to share QAnon content after last week’s attack on the Capitol building in Washington DC by pro-trump supporters.

“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. 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.

Twitter further said that it will permanently suspend accounts supporting QAnon content, banning leading right-wing promoters of its conspiracy theories.

QAnon followers have launched conspiracies on social media that include the baseless allegation that Trump secretly is fighting a scheme of child-sex predators, among them prominent Democrats, figures in Hollywood, and ‘deep state’ associates.

The attack on the Capitol building last week pushed the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joe Biden. Lawmakers and politicians were forced to flee after pro-trump supporters stormed the building wreaking havoc on the security forces. The incident took the lives of 5 people including one Capitol Police officer who was beaten as he tried to stop the crowds.