Within the Republican Party, there are a number of sub-sects that are all vying for the attention of our elected officials.
Of them, the MAGA movement that backs President Donald Trump is the most prevalent, and the loudest. They’ve commanded a great deal of gravity within the GOP, and may very well continue to for some time.
And within MAGA there is a smaller, just as vocal contingent who’ve ascribed to the Qanon conspiracy theory, stating that Donald Trump is secretly fighting the “deep state” and that “the storm” is coming.
Twitter believes that this smaller group may very well be too dangerous for social media.
Twitter on Monday said they have suspended more than 70,000 accounts since Friday that were engaged in sharing “harmful QAnon-associated content,” which they say were dedicated to “the propagation of this conspiracy theory” across the platform.
In a post on Monday, Twitter said that they have been taking strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to “offline harm” in the wake of the Capitol riot last week.
“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,” Twitter said Monday.
Twitter said that many of the individuals impacted by their updated enforcement action “held multiple accounts, driving up the total number of accounts impacted.”
The numbers were rather large.
“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,” Twitter said. “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.”
Qanon followers believe that President Trump will still be President after January 20th, and that mass arrests of politicians who are members of the “deep state” will begin any day now.