The main video channel #QAnon has had over 80 million views on TikTok, but the channel has had no results on Friday.
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This story originally appeared on PCMag
TikTok begins to block the search for QAnon and other hashtags related to conspiracy theory.
The video sharing app informed the BBC that the QAnon-related videos could spread misinformation. The main video channel #QAnon has had over 80 million views on TikTok, but the channel has had no results on Friday.
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Another banned hashtag that TikTok has banned is "WWG1WGA", a slogan used by QAnon supporters that means "Wherever we go, we all go." According to Google, the hashtag page had over 101.5 million views before all content was deleted. The hashtag "FallCabal", which refers to a QAnon documentation, was also blocked.
QAnon videos on TikTok.
According to a TikTok spokesman, the QAnon videos usually also contain hate speech that violates the app's community guidelines. QAnon videos and user accounts that violate the rules will be removed.
Twitter also works against conspiracy theory. On Tuesday, the social media company announced that it would prevent QAnon-related content from appearing in the search, recommendation, and trend features if there were concerns that proponents of the conspiracy theory would do real harm.
QAnon supporters believe that President Trump is waging a secret war to stop the Deep State, a hidden faction within the US government. The same theory also baselessly claims that numerous government officials and celebrities are part of a secret ring in child trafficking. Earlier this month, QAnon fans made the bizarre claim that the furniture supplier Wayfair is also involved in the sex trade. The proof? The company's closets and pillows are too expensive and must therefore be a trick to selling kidnapped children.
Wayfair says the allegations of child trafficking contain no truth. Nevertheless, the theory went viral and flooded a national hotline for human trafficking in phone calls.
Although both Twitter and TikTok are trying to crack down on the conspiracy theory, it can be difficult to suppress the mention of QAnon, which is becoming increasingly popular among Republican politicians. Other hashtags associated with the conspiracy theory were not blocked on TikTok. In addition, popular QAnon groups and hashtags on Facebook and Instagram remain active.