Whether you believe in the QAnon theories or not, we can all agree that it is severely anti-American of Twitter to ban even one tweet, let alone thousands of users, simply because they don’t like what Q supporters say. While shadow banning is a real thing that the big tech platforms are proven to weaponize against conservatives, Twitter’s latest announcement may be the most blatant attack on conservative Twitter users ever.
On Tuesday night, Twitter Safety posted a thread describing exactly how they will begin targeting QAnon supporters. The “safety” team vowed, “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.”
They said, “We will permanently suspend accounts Tweeting about these topics that we know are engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension — something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks.”
Twitter described exactly how they will accomplish this: “In addition, we will: No longer serve content and accounts associated with QAnon in Trends and recommendations. Work to ensure we’re not highlighting this activity in search and conversations. Block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on Twitter.”
The social media giant’s authoritarian-style measures will go into effect this week.
Twitter ended the thread by saying they are taking action to “protect the public conversation in the face of evolving threats”, so they will “continue to lead with transparency and offer more context on” their efforts to restrict Q supporters.
We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. In line with this approach, this week we are taking further action on so-called ‘QAnon’ activity across the service.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) July 22, 2020
This is pretty unbelievable.
Yes, it is in character for the Left to dream of doing something like this, banning a massive group of people who hate the Deep State and support the president. However, for the Left to actually do it is quite a different thing—especially to a community that, according to what a spokesperson for Twitter told NBC, includes about 150,000 accounts. According to them, the move comes after the platform banned nearly 7,000 accounts over the past few weeks for “harassment” accusations.
If you are a QAnon supporter, this does not surprise you, and you have probably been predicting this would happen for quite some time.
If you are a conservative but don’t necessarily believe in QAnon, this might make you wonder what has Twitter feeling so threatened. If the far-Left platform felt it was necessary to take such a massively restrictive action like this, they must be worried about something. Perhaps the QAnon people were on to something, or maybe there was an ounce of truth to something they said recently.
In any case, it is worth looking into.
I see this as a crackdown on Trump-supporting conservatives who are highly suspicious of the dealings of the Deep State. Regardless of whether they are actually on to something or not, a growing community like QAnon poses a big threat to the Left by promoting the idea of distrust for the government. And to Twitter, QAnon supporters seem like an easy target because they often engage in certain conspiracy theories which makes them easy to discredit in the public eye, justifying the platform’s actions.
But guess who’s next? Naturally, Trump supporters themselves, a much larger group.
First, in the history of Twitter censorship, the platform tried to use the “violating community guidelines”, “hate speech”, or “sensitive content” reasons to ban posts by conservatives and Trump supporters.
For example, this has even happened to a tweet I was tagged in after I attended an anti-lockdown protest in Huntington Beach, California. It was a photo of myself where I was wearing an American flag shirt and holding a pocket Constitution, next to a veteran wearing a MAGA hat and holding a “Don’t Tread On Me” flag.
— MAGA_USA_Patriot (@punchybjj) May 9, 2020
Twitter flagged this as “sensitive content,” blocking the image from other users. Patriotism can be so triggering.
Then, after testing the waters with small accounts, suspending individual pages like George Papadopoulos or Roger Stone, they went after President Trump himself – and now his base.
Twitter censorship is growing by the day. To me, the QAnon crackdown opens the door for them to continue banning other subgroups of Trump supporters, even if they happen to be “protected classes” like LGBT for Trump or Latinos for Trump.
What’s stopping them?
The “tech behemoth” (as AG Barr would call them) clearly doesn’t care that they are under investigation by the DOJ, or that Trump has threatened to take down Twitter entirely. They are going all-in, no matter what it means for them. If that’s the case, conservatives should go all-in too.
To all the Twitter warriors, it’s time to ramp it up and show more support for Trump now than ever. We have nothing to lose but our accounts, and I don’t see that as a loss. The more people Twitter bans, the more users they lose, and the more their stocks will sink. Whether they care or not, they are destroying themselves the more censorship they employ.