Facebook, Twitter flounder in QAnon crackdown

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FILE – In this Aug. 2, 2018, file photo, a protesters holds a Q sign waits in line with others to enter a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and government officials. But the social media companies haven’t succeeded at even that limited goal, a review by The Associated Press found. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Facebook and Twitter promised to stop encouraging the growth of the baseless conspiracy theory QAnon, which fashions President Donald Trump as a secret warrior against a supposed child-trafficking ring run by celebrities and government officials.

But the social media companies haven’t succeeded at even that limited goal, a review by The Associated Press found.

Both are still “suggesting” QAnon material to users, a powerful way of introducing QAnon to new people.

Twitter is even still running ads against QAnon material, potentially profiting from the tweets it has vowed to curb.

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