Twitter Bans Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell, and Other QAnon Accounts

Twitter cuts off QAnon conspiracy accounts as employees push to ban Trump

Twitter cuts off QAnon conspiracy accounts as employees push to ban Trump

The president posted a video and a tweet urging protesters to "go home" after they stormed the Capitol Building Wednesday during a joint session of Congress to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, but maintained that the election was "stolen" from him.

Twitter said it barred the accounts because of policies preventing the encouragement of coordinated harmful acts.

"As we've said, using another account to try to evade a suspension is against our rules", Twitter said in a statement.

Those banned include Michael Flynn and Sydney Powell, Donald Trump's disgraced former national security advisor and disgraced former campaign lawyer, respectively.

On Friday, Twitter also suspended accounts they say are "solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content".

The conspiracy theory emerged on a 4chan message board in late 2017 but has crept into mainstream politics.

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"We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are exclusively dedicated to sharing QAnon content", said the spokesperson. "We've been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are exclusively dedicated to sharing QAnon content".

Earlier Friday, Dominion Voting Systems filed a almost $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Powell, accusing her of orchestrating a "demonstrably false" conspiracy theory about the company's role in the 2020 election. He pleaded guilty to lying to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the USA before Trump was sworn into office.

Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general and Pres. Trump's former national security advisor.

Twitter has suspended prominent backers of the QAnon conspiracy theory, citing a potential for "offline harm".

The platform has also suspended the account of Ron Watkins, a prominent QAnon supporter whose father runs the online discussion forum 8kun, formally called 8Chan, which is a central hub for the QAnon conspiracy. Today, NBC News reports that several people - who have been closely linked to and often retweeted by President Trump - have been banned.

Social media companies have been under intensified pressure to crack down on hate speech after Wednesday's attack on the Capitol.

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