The Washington Post reports:
YouTube on Thursday became the latest social media giant to take steps to stop QAnon, the sprawling pro-Trump conspiracy theory community whose online fantasies about a cabal of satanic pedophiles running the world have spilled over into offline violence.
The company announced in a blog post that it was updating its hate speech and harassment policies to prohibit “content that targets an individual or group with conspiracy theories that have been used to justify real-world violence.”
The new policy will prohibit content promoting QAnon, as well as related conspiracy theories such as Pizzagate, which falsely claims that top Democrats and Hollywood elites are running an underground sex-trafficking ring from the basement of a Washington pizza restaurant.
Bloomberg News reports:
Technology platforms have released a blitz of new rules to curb misinformation after mounting momentum for movements such as QAnon. Twitter Inc. recently said it would make it harder for people to find tweets supporting QAnon, while Etsy Inc. removed QAnon-related merchandise from its online marketplace.
Pressure for these companies to act has been building for months. YouTube already instituted a policy similar to Twitter’s, although it did not publicize it.
Starting last year, the service began to treat QAnon videos as “borderline content,” meaning the clips are recommended and shown in search results less often. Views from recommendations on “prominent” QAnon videos have dropped 80% since then, the company said.
The YouTube QAnon purge is hitting some of the biggest accounts, heavyweights with names like Patriot’s Soapbox, Praying Medic and Amazing Polly.
— Will Sommer (@willsommer) October 15, 2020
A sign that this QAnon YouTube takedown is truly sweeping:
A lot of Q influencers on YouTube who have literally made a living falsely accusing people of pedophilia and Satanic murder are threatening to sue YouTube as their grift is now in shambles.https://t.co/Se5hukd30G
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 15, 2020
Breaking News: YouTube is cracking down on QAnon and several related conspiracy theories. The platform was one of the places that helped the movement spread.https://t.co/jvYZmhcIl6
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 15, 2020
🚨LATEST YOUTUBE PURGE LIST🚨
— Jordan Bourne (@DigitalAsset17) October 15, 2020