According to BBC journalist Shayan Sardarizadeh’s analysis, hashtags pertaining to the conspiracy theorist group fell from 4.8 million uses in the first quarter of 2020, to just 78,000 in the same period in 2021, a 98 per cent decrease.
It comes after Twitter banned QAnon accounts after its supporters were among those involved in the Capitol Riots in January, seeking to overturn the result of the presidential election.
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At the time, a Twitter blog post announced: “We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behaviour that has the potential to lead to offline harm.
“Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.”
Twitter also banned Trump’s account for fear he was inciting the violence and this decision was recently upheld, leading Trump to make a blog instead.
For their part, QAnon have been busy with or without their Twitter ban. They continue to contest the presidential election and have invented mad conspiracy theories about Ivanka Trump getting vaccinated.
With nonsense like this still circulating around, thank goodness less people will be drawn in by their Twitter presence, now it has been decimated.