Transcript for Social media crackdown on conspiracy groups
We turn to a social media crackdown on conspiracy groups. YouTube is removing videos related to groups like qanon and whit Johnson joins us with the story. Good morning, whit. Reporter: George, good morning to you. YouTube is just the latest video sharing giant to toughen restrictions on conspiracy theories like qanon but admits managing all that misinformation will be a challenge saying that the content continues to be shifting and evolving. Hours before that town hall in which president trump refused to denounce the conspiracy group qanon -- I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. Reporter: YouTube launched a new crackdown on the group whose followers are sometimes visible at pro-trump rallies donning the letter "Q" on t-shirts and the platform owned by the same parent company as Google saying in a statement, we are taking another step in our efforts to curb hate and harassment by removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real world violence. Additionally, we've removed tens of thousands of John videos and terminated hundreds of channels under our existing policies. I am 100% behind "Q." Reporter: The movement that started almost three years ago is based on the unfounded conspiracy theory that a group of Satan worshiping child sex trafficking a-list celebrities and politicians are trying to secretly overthrow president trump. Videos espousing the conspiracy have been a key part of spreading its beliefs. Now, this move by YouTube comes a week after Facebook announced its own ban on any pages, groups or Instagram accounts connected to qanon. Now, the FBI recently called those theories a potential domestic terrorism threat. George. They've got to keep an eye on it. Thanks very much.
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