Twitter is driving the point home. The social network announced on the night of Monday to Tuesday January 12 to have “permanently suspended” 70,000 accounts affiliated with the pro-Trump conspiratorial movement QAnon since Friday, to prevent them from using the social network for violent purposes as for the riots in Washington last week.
“These accounts were sharing dangerous content associated with QAnon on a large scale.”Twitter explained in a statement, adding that many individuals had multiple profiles.
The platform undertook a purge that began Friday with the final blocking of the account of the US president, accused of having encouraged his supporters to disrupt the certification of the victory of Democrat Joe Biden by Congress.
This trend is widely followed by the most important digital players. Earlier today, Amazon kicked Parler from its servers. The tech giant blames the social network, popular with QAnon followers and other supporters of the outgoing president, for allowing problematic messages to proliferate after the assault on the Capitol.
This is not the first time the networks have tried to contain these conspirators. In early October, with the approach of the US presidential election, Facebook had deleted accounts. Twitter and YouTube had taken similar steps. But they no longer take gloves since the invasion of the Capitol, which shocked the country and tarnished its image internationally.
Also on Monday, Facebook said it would not lift the suspension of Donald Trump’s account and would remove all posts with the slogan “Stop theft”, which the American president helped to spread on social networks, in reference to the election he accuses the Democrats of having “stolen”.