Twitter has banned tens of thousands of accounts for posting content connected with the QAnon conspiracy since rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
The company, led by CEO Jack Dorsey, announced in a statement on Tuesday that it had purged the platform of more than 70,000 accounts since last week, claiming that the accounts were sharing content that could “lead to offline harm.” Typically, Twitter’s mass bans have focused on fake accounts run by bots. Its latest ban has included many accounts controlled by real people, however.
Twitter’s Tuesday statement says in part:
We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.
Many of the individuals impacted by this updated enforcement action held