Twitter sent a warning to users on Tuesday stressing the platform will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting anything related to the QAnon, whose members often tweet about conspiracies related to the United States and who appear to support President Donald Trump.
The action led to the ban of 7,000 accounts and limited 150,000 users according to Twitter, as reported by NBC news.
The announcement regarding the action was first posted on the Twitter Safety handle. It issued the warning on Tuesday evening but many conservatives and civil libertarian users – most who do not follow Q – quickly responded, questioning the intentions of the multi-billion dollar left-leaning company.
In one Tweet conservative Hollywood producer Robby Starbuck stated “Not a Q follower but Antifa, Louis Farrakhan, Hamas, Iranian terrorists & more terror groups are on Twitter yet you do nothing. Why are you targeting only QAnon? Will you go after these terror/hate groups? Will you investigate alleged bot use by Diem coalition?”
Starbuck is asking what I’ve been asking for some time and why is Twitter a publicly traded company operating like a publisher when its platform was established as an open forum of discussion. That was the original promise of Twitter and its creators. Now it’s pushing this Orwellian style behavior that is detrimental to the welfare of a free society.
So Twitter will “no longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in trends and recommendations and will block URLs associated with the group from being shared on Twitter. It’s also working to ensure that it’s not promoting any conversations regarding the Q group.
But we don’t see this same concern from Twitter with regard to other groups on its platform.
And frankly, it’s disconcerting to see the action taken against QAnon conspiracy followers when earlier this month Twitter was accused of allowing anti-semitic hate to trend on its platform. A Yahoo story pointed this out in early July:
“Twitter has been accused of “allowing racism to run rampant” after promoting a viral hashtag which contained numerous anti-Semitic tweets.
Several posts featuring anti-Jewish racism and Holocaust denial were presented to users looking at the hashtag #JewishPrivilege, which trended in the UK on Sunday night and Monday morning.
The word “Jews” was also trending on the platform for part of Monday.
Some since-deleted tweets referred to the gassing of Jews by Nazis and “going to the only 6 million star hotel in history and then complaining about it”.
Other posts still up on the site at the time of publication accused Jewish people of “shaming whites while pretending to be one of us” and controlling the media.
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism expressed shock at the fact the tech company not only allowed tweets to remain on the platform, but also promoted them via its trending topics.“
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