File photo: Various Reddit communities dedicated to QAnon, a collection of radical, “deep state” conspiracy theories, were banned from the site Wednesday. (Credit: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith)
Various Reddit communities dedicated to QAnon, a collection of radical, “deep state” conspiracy theories, were banned from the site Wednesday.
On the page for the “/r/greatawakening” community, Reddit says the forum — known as a subreddit — has been removed for “violations of the Contents of the Policy, especially the incitement of violence, harassment, and dissemination of personal information by the users.
Various other subreddits dedicated to the conspiracy theory were also forbidden, according to The Verge.
QAnon began with an anonymous post on the message board 4chan claims to be a mole in the US intelligence community. The conspiracy, he was notorious for spreading scandalous claims with respect to the government, the coordination of the fight against President Donald Trump on the agenda.
Some of the conspiracy theory believers are notorious for placing of racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic screeds against the media, the government and prominent Jewish figures.
In a statement to The Post, a Reddit spokesperson said: “as of September 12, /r/greatawakening is prohibited on the grounds of repeated violations of the terms of our content policy. We are very clear in our website terms of service that the posting of content that incites violence, the spread of personal data, or harasses the users and communities banned from Reddit.”
The subreddit was one of the largest pro-Trump groups on the site, behind the /r/The_Donald community. In the last month, the /r/The_Donald forum started with the banning of notification of QAnon, NBC News reports.
After the suppression of the believers in the conspiracy theory fled to other parts of Reddit to vent their frustration, with one user comparing the conclusion with the oppression of the German Jews during the second world War.
“If this gives more credibility Q anon,” said user CommaHorror on the /r/conspiracy community.
“Reddit law has cancer now,” complained user AdamJensenUnatco.
QAnon was pushed in the mainstream coverage in the media by figures such as InfoWars host Alex Jones and Fox News host Sean Hannity. It got national attention when followers began to bring the signs with the letter Q to Trump rallies in the country.
President Trump led to more attention for QAnon when he welcomed conspiracy theorist Michael Lebron the White House and they snapped a photo together in the Oval Office.
When you are confronted about QAnon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “The president denounces and condemns any group that would incite violence against another individual, and certainly not the support groups that would promote that kind of behavior.”
Sanders had not to the conspiracy theory directly, in its answer, nor did she deny it.
The intricate web of wild, unsubstantiated claims has ties with the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory, which claimed that the then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was behind a child sex ring within a Washington, DC-based pizza shop.
That conspiracy theory, widely refuted by the Metropolitan Police Department, it came to a head when a North Carolina man opened fire in the pizza restaurant with an AR-15, while the “investigate” the allegations. The man — Edgar Welch later pled guilty to federal charges of transportation of a firearm and ammunition across borders and assault with a dangerous weapon.
This story was previously published in the New York Post.