Facebook removed one of the largest groups of QAnon conspiracy theories on Thursday. The group, called Official Q / Qanon, had nearly 200,000 members and has violated Facebook’s content policy several times.
Facebook removed the entire group after the platform had to perform multiple times due to messages in the group. Those messages were removed for bullying and intimidation, hate speech and false information that could lead to damage, a Facebook spokesperson told the news agency Reuters.
QAnon is an umbrella name for multiple conspiracy theories about different people and events surrounding American politics, all of which would eventually be linked. It has its origins in the controversial forum 4chan and from there spread to 8chan and mainstream social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, among others.
In May, Facebook removed a network of QAnon accounts guilty of “coordinated deceptive behavior” in the run-up to the US presidential election. Twitter went ahead last month and said it would remove or restrict many thousands of QAnon accounts.