Twitter previously banned followers of QAnon content in its platform due to misinformation and harassment while Facebook’s recent investigation shows there are millions of users that support QAnon.
QAnon has made headlines for spreading disturbing news in social media that lacks proof and often result in harassment toward believers and non-believers. On Facebook, 10 private QAnon groups reportedly have millions of members. The groups have been able to generate 185 ads that praise and represent QAnon for which the groups were able to earn 4 million impressions in the last 30 days.
Facebook is currently investigating its platform in the hopes of targeting social movements and militias that are known to use violence, a category QAnon falls into. Two unnamed Facebook employees backed the documents found by NBC that also shows that Facebook is planning to take action against the community, rejecting any form of advertisement from the group and making it less visible by excluding QAnon groups and pages from recommendations and search results.
Last week, QAnon content followers have been banned in Twitter for their continuous spreading of false news, spam, and the use of platform manipulation for which Twitter took action by limiting the reach of QAnon content, affecting 150,000 accounts. In late July, Twitter has reportedly removed more than 7,000 QAnon accounts for breaking Twitter’s rules.
Meanwhile, Facebook is also unveiling a new policy that could prevent US news publishers that have direct ties to political groups from claiming Facebook’s “ad authorization exemptions.” This means pages in the social media platform with meaningful ties to political groups won’t be eligible in joining Facebook’s News tab or gaining access to the Messenger Business Platform or WhatsApp’s business API. This is to ensure that the said pages will be accounted to the same standards as political entities in advertising.
According to Facebook’s statement, registered news publishers must meet certain criteria to be exempt like having no history of misinformation and having “a minimum number of monthly unique visitors or the publisher must be a member of a news industry organization that Facebook has identified,” to name a few.