October 31, 2020

TikTok bans ALL QAnon conspiracy content in disinformation crackdown after similar move by Facebook and Twitter

TikTok bans ALL QAnon conspiracy content in disinformation crackdown after similar move by Facebook and Twitter

TIKTOK has banned all QAnon conspiracy content in a disinformation crackdown after a similar move by Facebook and Twitter.

On Saturday, the video sharing platform confirmed they would be banning QAnon content outright on Saturday, according to an NPR reporter.

TikTok has banned all QAnon conspiracy content

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TikTok has banned all QAnon conspiracy contentCredit: Alamy
QAnon believers think cannibals and pedophiles secretly control the world.

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QAnon believers think cannibals and pedophiles secretly control the world.Credit: Elijah Nouvelage

The bizarre conspiracy theory faction support Donald Trump and believe cannibals and pedophiles secretly control the world.

Previously, they blocked certain hashtags but this did not extend to videos – but a new policy has been quietly in the works for weeks, according a company spokesperson.

TikTok told NPR that “content and accounts” promoting the far-right conspiracy violated their disinformation policy and would be removed.

“We’ve also taken significant steps to make this content harder to find across search and hashtags by redirecting associated terms to our Community Guidelines,” TikTok stated.

“We continually update our safeguards with misspellings and new phrases as we work to keep TikTok a safe and authentic place for our community.”

Tiktok confirmed the news about QAnon content on Saturday

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Tiktok confirmed the news about QAnon content on Saturday Credit: AFP or licensors
Donald Trump refused to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory last night

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Donald Trump refused to condemn the QAnon conspiracy theory last nightCredit: AP:Associated Press

During his NBC News Town Hall with Suzannah Guthrie on Thursday, Trump refused to condemn the group.

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Speaking at the event in Miami, the Republican president said he did not know what his followers believed in except that they are “very against pedophilia.”

QAnon is actually a dangerous right-wing conspiracy theory that the FBI believes is a domestic terror threat.

It is centered on unfounded allegations the president is waging a secret battle against a pedophile ring filled with celebrities and political elites, who have been covertly running the US government for decades..

Guthrie asked Trump to “disavow” their belief “that Democrats have a satanic pedophile ring and you [Trump] are the savior of that.”

Savannah Guthrie pressed the US President during last night's Town Hall

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Savannah Guthrie pressed the US President during last night’s Town HallCredit: Reuters
QAnon's bizarre 'pizzagate' theories have extended overseas: here is a sign pictured at a protest in London

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QAnon’s bizarre ‘pizzagate’ theories have extended overseas: here is a sign pictured at a protest in London Credit: Getty Images – Getty

“Just say it’s crazy and untrue,” she said, to which Trump replied: “I don’t know about QAnon.

“What I do hear about it, they are very strongly against pedophilia, they fight it very hard,” he added. “But I know nothing about it.”

Guthrie also asked him why he tweeted a QAnon fringe theory that Biden had Navy Seals killed to cover up an Osama Bin Laden body double plot on Tuesday.

“That was a retweet,” Trump responded. “That was an opinion of somebody. And that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves. I won’t take a position.”

But Guthrie countered that she didn’t “get that, you’re the president.”

“You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever,” she added – but Trump insisted: “That was a retweet.

“And I do a lot of retweets,” he went on. “Frankly, because the media is so fake, and so corrup.

“If I didn’t have social media – I don’t call it Twitter, I call it social media – I wouldn’t be able to get the word out.”

TikTok took a stand against the fringe conspiracy theories

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TikTok took a stand against the fringe conspiracy theoriesCredit: Alamy