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Twitter banned prominent pro-Trump figures like Sidney Powell, Mike Flynn, and Ron Watkins from posting QAnon content on Friday as the social media company faces increasing pressure to ban accounts related to the ideology behind the company Capitol Building uprising.

Attorney Sidney Powell, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks during a rally on … [+] December 2, 2020 in Alpharetta, Ga.


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In a statement, Twitter said it banned these accounts for violating its coordinated harmful activity policy, “given the renewed potential for violence related to this type of behavior in the coming days.”

QAnon supporters were heavily involved in the pro-Trump mob that stormed Capitol Hill, and as a result, Twitter said it will step up enforcement against conspiracy theory by permanently banning accounts “solely for sharing QAnon content.” .

Powell, Flynn, and Watkins are stars in the QAnon community, and everyone has continued to advocate baseless conspiracy theories that Trump’s election was stolen for widespread fraud.

Powell, Trump’s former election legal advisor, and Watkins, the former administrator of the QAnon Message Board 8kun (formerly 8chan), were instrumental in instigating false conspiracy theories about Dominion Voting Systems (Powell was sued for defamation on Friday for mistakenly voting the company claimed had machines were created to manipulate Venezuela’s election for the late Hugo Chavez.

Flynn, Trump’s former national security advisor, has become something of a QAnon celebrity and just said last week on the right-wing social network Parler: “The truth will rise to the top and President Trump will continue to be the POTUS for the next four years.”

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Twitter is under pressure to step up crackdown on Trump and right-wing accounts involved in promoting electoral fraud conspiracies that are at the center of the Capitol Building riot on Wednesday. The social media company temporarily banned the president from his Twitter account for 12 hours after addressing the riots, but did not use force to condemn them. Another violation of Twitter’s rules will result in a permanent ban, the company said.


L. Lin Wood, a visible QAnon supporter who has filed frivolous election fraud lawsuits on behalf of the president, was definitively suspended by Twitter on Wednesday after proposing to go ahead with the mob takeover of the Capitol.