Twitter announced on Monday that it had “permanently” suspended 70,000 accounts affiliated with the pro-Trump QAnon movement since Friday, to prevent them from using the social network for violent purposes., after last week’s assault on the Capitol by supporters of the US president.
“Given the violent events in Washington DC, and the increasing risks of danger, at noon on Friday we began to permanently suspend thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” Twitter said in a statement.
The last friday, the social network permanently suspended the account of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, due to the “risk of new incitements to violence”.
“Since Friday more than 70,000 accounts have been suspendedTwitter said in a statement. The number of blocked accounts is high because many individuals had more than one account.
“These accounts shared malicious content associated with QAnon in a massive way and were mainly dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory,” he added.
Most social media platforms have taken unprecedented action since the Republican billionaire’s supporters invaded the Capitol for several hours Wednesday., shocking the country and the world. Five people died in the altercations.
Facebook and Twitter indefinitely suspended the account of Donald Trump, who for months has been discrediting the electoral process and accusing the Democrats, without proof, of “stealing the elections.”
To justify your decision, the two networks made particular reference to the risk of future violence ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, on January 20 in front of the Capitol.
“Plans for future armed protests are proliferating on Twitter and elsewhere, including a second attack on the Capitol on January 17, 2021,” Twitter reported Friday.
The network was Donald Trump’s main communication tool, where he interacted with his 88 million daily subscribers.
“After a thorough review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context in which they were posted, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence”Said the official Twitter statement last Friday.
Later, the outgoing president tried to express his dissatisfaction with the decision made by the social network, through the official account of the Presidency of the United States, @POTUS. However, in a matter of moments, Trump’s messages were removed from the account.
“As I have been telling you for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in censoring freedom of expression, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and the radical left to remove my account from the platform, to silence me, and YOU … the big 75,000,000, ″ Trump wrote from the account of The presidency.
Trump obtained an unusual ally on this issue on Monday.
The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel called Twitter’s decision “problematic” because it shows the omnipotence of the platforms in terms of freedom of expression.
QAnon is a conspiratorial movement on the far right. His followers defend the idea that Donald Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal sect of satanic pedophiles.
With information from AFP
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