Facebook bans QAnon conspiracy pages

The social media giant has cracked down on pages devoted to the fringe conspiracy movement and the FBI warned of potential domestic terrorism threats.
2:08 | 10/07/20

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Looking forward to that. That qanon crackdown, Facebook banning pages devoted to that movement and the FBI warning about a potential domestic terror threat. Rebecca Jarvis joins us now with more. Good morning, Rebecca. Reporter: Good morning to you, Michael. This is one of the most drastic policy changes Facebook has made in its history banning all pages, accounts, Instagram accounts and pages linked to this group, qanon, qanon, a movement that ultimately at its core believes a group, a cabal of Satan worshiping child sex trafficking politicians and a-list celebrities are doing everything in their power to overthrow the president. It started about three years ago and they have grown in this time of pandemic in their importance and their reach on social media using things like memes and manipulated videos to grow their reach. There are a handful of Republican politicians who have run for public office who say they believe they've expressed support for qanon. The president has said that while he doesn't understand or know a lot about the group, that he understands that they support him and he appreciates that and the FBI as you said, Michael, has come out and said they believe this could be a potential domestic terror threat. This move by Facebook is intended to take those pages down, to remove that content from the platform so that people are no longer seeing it and spreading it, Michael. What is Facebook saying about why they're taking this step? So they've already taken some steps before this time to try to remove any kind of content that would suggest violence or indicate future violence, but in this case they're saying they believe that some of this could actually present harm even if it doesn't directly call for violence. They're saying that they have taken down at least 1500 pages already, that they will continue to take time to take this content off the platform, however, Michael, if you are an individual posting about qanon, the policy does not ban you from doing that, Michael. All right, Rebecca Jarvis, thank you so much.

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