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Facebook’s update suggests the rules don’t take effect until late October.

USA TODAY

Facebook said Tuesday it is escalating the campaign against QAnon, pledging to remove any Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts aligned with the conspiracy group.

Until now, Facebook only said it would take action against QAnon activity containing discussions about potential violence.

That action, which began in mid-August, came after sharp criticism that it had allowed the extremist conspiracy movement to spread largely unchecked on its platforms. In the month since taking that action, Facebook said it removed more than 1,500 QAnon-related pages and groups for discussions of potential violence and more than 6,500 pages and groups “tied to more than 300 Militarized Social Movements.”.

“But we believe these efforts need to be strengthened when addressing QAnon,” Facebook said in a post on its website.

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