Ari Sen and Brandy Zadrozny, reporting for NBC News:
An internal investigation by Facebook has uncovered thousands of
groups and pages, with millions of members and followers, that
support the QAnon conspiracy theory, according to internal company
documents reviewed by NBC News. […]
Facebook and other platforms face a unique challenge in moderating
QAnon communities, said Joan Donovan, director of the Kennedy
School’s Shorenstein Center on Media Politics and Public Policy at
Harvard. The platforms act both as the “base infrastructure” for
networking and spreading content and a target of the conspiracy
theory itself, which frames Facebook and other platforms as
“oppressive regimes that seek to destroy truth,” Donovan said.
There were rightwing kook conspiracy cults before Facebook, but Facebook uniquely enables them to grow. QAnon’s existence isn’t Facebook’s fault; QAnon’s prominence is entirely Facebook’s fault.
And they know it. From the same story, italic emphasis added:
“Enforcing against QAnon on Facebook is not new: we consistently
take action against accounts, Groups, and Pages tied to QAnon that
break our rules. Just last week, we removed a large Group with
QAnon affiliations for violating our content policies, and removed
a network of accounts for violating our policies against
coordinated inauthentic behavior,” the spokesperson, who asked
not to be named for fear of harassment from the QAnon community,
wrote in an emailed statement. “We have teams assessing our
policies against QAnon and are currently exploring additional
actions we can take.”
How fucked up is it that Facebook has any tolerance at all for a large subculture on their platform that their own spokespeople fear?
Just kick them all off, close every one of the groups and close the Facebook accounts of everyone prominent in the community.
★ Saturday, 15 August 2020