QAnon accounts are still active on Twitter despite crackdown

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At a time when the spread of misinformation can literally have life-or-death consequences, the danger of conspiracy theories is difficult to overstate. Just days after President Trump said “it would be interesting to check” if injecting disinfectants can prevent the coronavirus from doing a “tremendous number on the lungs,” health officials reported a steep increase in people drinking cleaning solutions.

But the spread of such false theories on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites has been a perennial challenge for the platforms, often leading to whack-a-mole scenarios in which toxic content continues to proliferate. And one particularly menacing conspiracy theory that’s proven difficult to scrub is QAnon.

Despite Twitter’s widely praised decision last week to permanently suspend accounts that share QAnon conspiracy theories (it removed 7,000 accounts and hid an additional 150,000 from…

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