Twitter has banned 70,000 QAnon accounts for the reason that US Capitol rebellion

Jack Dorsey, CEO and Co-Founder of Twitter, speaks to students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India on November 12, 2018.

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Twitter announced Monday evening that more than 70,000 accounts related to the far right QAnon conspiracy theory had been banned.

“These accounts dealt with the large-scale sharing of malicious QAnon-associated content and were primarily dedicated to spreading this conspiracy theory throughout the service,” the company said in a blog post.

The suspensions come after the company announced on Friday that it would permanently remove accounts sharing QAnon content. The company suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump, on Friday.

The company’s stock closed more than 6% on Monday. It was the first trading session since Twitter permanently suspended President Donald Trump’s account.

Twitter’s announcement comes as social media companies step up efforts to rid their services of content that could lead to violence like the events of the U.S. Capitol uprising.

On Monday before, Facebook had announced that in the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, content with the phrase “Stop the Steal” would be removed from its services.

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