In recent years you may have come across the name QAnon while traversing the halls of the internet.
QAnon is best described as a far-right conspiracy in which those who buy into the conspiracy believe a ring of Satanic pedophiles are bent on overthrowing Donald Trump.
Each conspiracy from the group is more bizarre than the last with “information” being drip fed to followers through a series of anonymous posts by an individual followers call “Q” and their “Q-drops”.
In recent months QAnon has spread throughout the globe and in many instances the fallout from the conspiracy can be severe often leading to violence.
For this reason and many more Facebook has announced that it will ban any QAnon content from Facebook Pages, Groups and Instagram even if there is 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,” Facebook said in a press release.
This policy is currently in effect and being enforced but Facebook said that it will take time to remove all of the content.
The reasons behind the ban are numerous including QAnon content leading to violence in the real world and QAnon groups rapidly changing their messaging.
Facebook says it expects QAnon to attempt to evade its detection “both in behavior and content shared on our platform, so we will continue to study the impact of our efforts and be ready to update our policy and enforcement as necessary”.
We have no doubt that QAnon will pop up on Facebook again given the firm has now started what will inevitably become a game of Whack-A-Mole.
It is good that Facebook is banning this content outright though as QAnon groups can often become incredibly hostile toward those who dare question them.
While we’re on the subject of QAnon we have to recommend this wonderful look at conspiracy theories by the YouTube channel Folding Ideas. It’s a long watch but it’s a fascinating dissection of conspiracy theories.