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Etsy to remove all QAnon merch

Posted by / October 12, 2020

Etsy is going to remove all of its QAnon-related merchandise, for fear that the conspiracy theory will harm the upcoming election.

Earlier this week, Facebook also took action to stop the spread of the QAnon conspiracy theory by banning it on the platform. Hopefully this means that QAnon won’t impact the election. Unfortunately, it may be too late.

According to a recent Washington Post article, the Trump campaign actively courted the online conspiracy community QAnon in the lead-up to the 2020 election, which makes an alarming combination.

Twitter has banned 7,000 accounts related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, all of whom have violated the site’s policy on harassment. Twitter will also limit the spread of QAnon-related misinformation, which is expected to impact another 150,000 users. Unfortunately, QAnon conspiracists believe that big companies like Twitter are already part of a conspiracy against freedom, so this is basically guaranteed to go poorly.

Ed Mullins, the head of the New York city police department union recently gave an interview on Fox News via Zoom. Just behind Mullins’s shoulder sat a QAnon mug. If you haven’t heard of QAnon, perhaps you’re lucky. It’s a conspiracy theory born on 4Chan, and named after a user who claims to be an in-the-know government insider. In over a year’s worth of cryptic tweets, QAnon has managed to convince a sizable group of Americans that the world is run by a cabal of satanic pedophiles led by elite liberal politicians. Let that sink in for a moment.

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