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Despite Some Early Actions Against It, QAnon Built Online Following

Although Facebook and Twitter took actions against individual QAnon accounts and pages in the years before the recent crackdowns — including in April, when Facebook took down five pages and six QAnon-affiliated groups that had amassed more than 100,000 members and followers — by the time of more systemic action this summer, more than 7,000 accounts affiliated with QAnon were spreading what Twitter called harmful disinformation on its service. Researchers say these moves curbed QAnon’s reach somewhat, but several asked: What took so long?

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Author: Doug Isenberg

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