YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook with QAnon crackdown

Elias Hubbard
October 16, 2020

President Trump told NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie on Thursday that he didn't know about the conspiracy theory QAnon, repeatedly pushing back on Guthrie's questioning about the issue.

QAnon is a conspiracy theory that has taken hold among the political far-right in America.

One example, YouTube said, "would be content that threatens or harasses someone by suggesting they are complicit in one of these harmful conspiracies".

The latest tightening of the rules comes amid a broader restriction of speech online.

"I know nothing about QAnon", Trump responded.

YouTube also rejigged its recommendations system two years ago to throttle traffic to conspiracy content - a move it says has cut views of QAnon-related channels by 80 percent since January 2019.

Guthrie pressed Trump bringing up the fact that he retweeted a baseless QAnon conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama had Navy SEALs killed over some odd plot involving an Osama bin Laden body double.

On Wednesday, former US President Barack Obama reprimanded his successor, Mr Trump, and Republicans for giving QAnon a platform.

Mr Trump said: "You just told me but what you told me doesn't necessarily make it fact". "Can you just once and for all just state that that is completely not true?"

In response, Owens claimed that the programs he appeared on were not aligned with QAnon.

This user's messages became known as "Q drops" or "breadcrumbs", often written in cryptic language peppered with slogans, pledges and pro-Trump themes. "Pizzagate" refers to a theory that a Democrat-linked pedophile ring operated out of the basement of a pizzeria in Washington, DC.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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