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Facebook just said it will ban QAnon

Yes, you read it right. It's the headline we've all been waiting for.

By Aimee Pearcy , written on October 6, 2020

From The News Desk

Facebook has gained a reputation for drastically failing to crack down on the spread of fake news, and has been receiving a mounting number of pleas from exhausted users to do something about it.

In August, Facebook announced a number of QAnon 'crackdowns' designed to curb the spread of misinformation -- but (surprise, surprise) they have never been enough. 

Today, in what is the biggest content moderation move announced by any social media platform so far, it just announced that it will remove any group, page or account that openly identified with QAnon, a conspiracy theory it has identified as a ‘militarized social movement’. The crackdown will also apply to Instagram.

In an updated press release initially posted on August 19, Facebook wrote:

"Starting today, we will remove any Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts representing QAnon, even if they contain no violent content. This is an update from the initial policy in August that removed Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with QAnon when they discussed potential violence while imposing a series of restrictions to limit the reach of other Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts associated with the movement. Pages, Groups and Instagram accounts that represent an identified Militarized Social Movement are already prohibited. And we will continue to disable the profiles of admins who manage Pages and Groups removed for violating this policy, as we began doing in August."

This looks like a clear admission from Facebook that so far, it has failed to do enough.

It seems virtually impossible to totally wipe out QAnon altogether, but stopping it from being shoved in the faces of over 2.7 billion monthly active Facebook users seems like a good start.

Your move, Twitter...