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Twitter says it purged 70k accounts for QAnon content

NEW YORK (77WABC) – If you’re a conservative or have a lot of conservative followers, you may have noticed that your Twitter follower account has decreased.

In a statement Twitter announced it banned tens of thousands of accounts for posting content connected with the QAnon conspiracy since rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The company, led by CEO Jack Dorsey, announced in a statement on Tuesday that it had purged the platform of more than 70,000 accounts since last week, claiming that the accounts were sharing content that could “lead to offline harm.” Typically, Twitter’s mass bans have focused on fake accounts run by bots.

Twitter’s Tuesday statement says in part:

“Many of the individuals impacted by this updated enforcement action held multiple accounts, driving up the total number of accounts impacted. 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. 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. 

Our updated enforcement on QAnon content on Twitter, along with routine spam challenges, has resulted in changes in follower count for some people’s Twitter accounts. In some cases, these actions may have resulted in follower count changes in the thousands.”

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