Facebook has banned QAnon

Facebook has banned QAnon

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WILKES BARRE, PA - AUGUST 02: David Reinert holds up a large "Q" sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. "Q" represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at recent rallies. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Getty Images)

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The QAnon conspiracy theory is no longer welcome on any of Facebook’s apps. The social network is banning QAnon from its platform entirely, the company now says.

“Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content,” the company writes in an update. “Our Dangerous Organizations Operations team will continue to enforce this policy and proactively detect content for removal instead of relying on user reports.” 

The new policy is Facebook’s most drastic step yet to beat back the conspiracy theory, which the warned last year could be a domestic terror .

The company has previously taken smaller steps to limit the conspiracy theory’s spread, but up until now had stopped well short of banning it entirely. In August, the company said it would ban QAnon pages and groups they discuss violence, and last week said it would ban QAnon ads.

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