Instagram accounts associated with the conspiracy theories movement should also be deactivated. In August, Facebook first announced that it would block QAnon followers if they propagated violence.
Facebook is stepping up its crackdown on the conspiracy theories movement QAnon. In the future, all Facebook pages and groups as well as all Instagram accounts that represent QAnon are to be deleted, as the online network announced. In mid-August, Facebook initially only announced that it would take action against QAnon supporters if they threatened to use violence or if they talked about it.
According to Facebook, the factors that can lead to a ban include the name, biography or information about the page, as well as discussions in the group or on the page. The personal accounts of administrators of groups that are banned are also blocked.
The central claim of the QAnon supporters is that there is a conspiracy against US President Donald Trump in the deeper layers of the US government apparatus. They also often claim that prominent Democratic Party leaders in the United States have been treated with hormones made from the blood of children.
QAnon has continued to gain prominence in the US over the past few months. In the parliamentary elections, which are due to take place along with the presidential election on November 3, there are several Republican candidates who have shown sympathy for QAnon ideas.