Twitter will ban QAnon-related terms from appearing in trending topics and its search feature, ban known QAnon-related URLs, and ban “swarming” of victims who are baselessly targeted by coordinated harassment campaigns pushed by its followers. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news…
QAnon followers have been targeting perceived political enemies of Donald Trump in recent weeks with harassment campaigns, sometimes with threats of violence, accusing them of being child-eating cannibals.
I think about all of my colleagues on my beat who are on actual kill lists from neonazis, who wake up to viciously racist and sexist coordinated campaigns from groups whose ultimate goal is trying to incite domestic terror.
Ain't no news cycle for them. They just keep reporting.
In fact, mentioning the depression that comes along with this sort of targeting by neonazis is viewed as whininess. So largely, we don't. We don't even tell our bosses. We might be viewed as weak. We just keep going, because it's important, we know it, and nobody else will do it.
Just some stray thoughts on a Tuesday. No reason. Back to work.
Pizzagate/QAnon people have Wayfair trending today. They falsely claim price glitches on storage boxes prove that the company is trafficking children.
This took off because of a post on Reddit's r/conspiracy subreddit yesterday, which is a clearinghouse for anonymous paranoia.
We're living in a second, more profound and politically important Satanic Panic. This time, everyone's in on it.
People will look for coincidences as narrow and stupid as pricing glitches on furniture sites as "proof" a global cabal is eating children and controlling the world.
This is the real worry with QAnon stuff.
Most people associate QAnon with wacko talk about clones and JFK Jr.'s ghost rising from the dead, but Q's narratives are now pervasive with young people because they linger in the ether of the social internet.
Shame was never a deterrent. This is costing Facebook billions of dollars and the residual effects on the rest of the industry — with other companies trying to prove they're not the same — are even more profound.
I've been covering this for years and absolutely none of these companies cared in the slightest until they realized their continued existence relied on them getting violent white supremacists off their platform.
Appeals to morality never worked. They simply did not care.
High profile, violent white supremacist groups are finally getting pushed off these platforms. This should be an unmitigated good thing, but the fact that it took Unilever saying they wouldn't sell freezers on Facebook for a month to make change is actually deeply depressing.
All week, as I was reporting on the antifa panic throughout the country, I kept thinking about the 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, and the '80s Satanic Panic — residents convinced an invisible enemy was coming to their town, no matter how tiny.