YOUTUBE CRACKS DOWN ON QANON SITE, CONSPIRACY THEORIES SITES
YouTube has cracked down on QAnon and several related conspiracy theories. The platform was one of the places that helped the movement spread, the New York Times reported.
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.”
QAnon is an unfounded and sprawling conspiracy theory that claims that U.S. President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-sex predators that includes prominent Democrats, Hollywood elites and “deep state” allies. It was named by the FBI as a potential instigator of domestic terrorism, Elizabeth Culliford reported for Reuters.
A YouTube spokesman told Reuters that the recent ban affected content targeting either individuals or protected groups, such as religious or ethnic groups.