YouTube is last big platform openly hosting QAnon content after its users were kicked off Facebook and Instagram



a sign attached to a can: The QAnon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images


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The QAnon conspiracy theorists hold signs during the protest at the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon, United States on May 2, 2020. John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Facebook and Instagram conducted their most comprehensive purge of QAnon accounts to date on Tuesday.
  • The sites removed thousands of accounts spreading the groundless conspiracy that President Trump is secretly battling a cabal of child-abusing elites. 
  • YouTube, though, still hosts thousands of pro-QAnon posts.
  • “Videos are central to QAnon as video is the most used medium to circulate QAnon content across digital ecosystems,” commented Marc-Andre Argentino, an online extremism expert.
  • YouTube has introduced policies meant to limit disinformation, but has only been partially successful in enforcing them.
  • In the past, YouTube’s algorithms pushed extremist content to thousands of viewers, but the site said it is changing them, 
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