Clapper has moved to ban accounts spreading QAnon conspiracy theories and vaccine misinformation in the wake of a Verge report final month.
Clapper CEO Edison Chen informed The Verge on Thursday that the company will permanently ban QAnon-relevant written content heading forward. As of publication, Chen mentioned Clapper has taken out about 400 video clips and 20 accounts for spreading QAnon or anti-vax misinformation and has elevated its selection of content auditors from around a dozen to 20. It will acquire Clapper up to 10 times to entire a total audit of its more than 1 million films, Chen claimed.
“We acquire this matter incredibly significantly,” Chen stated in an email to The Verge on Thursday. “After investigating, we resolved to consider motion to take out and ban accounts relating to QAnon and mis-facts about vaccines… which are from our mission.”
Chen continued, “From currently, if further users were to article QAnon-linked content material, it will be eliminated. We have zero tolerance about QAnon.”
Clapper launched past July as a “Free Speech Shorter video” application, mimicking platforms like TikTok but with fewer information moderation. Following January’s lethal attack at the Capitol, QAnon information was mostly banished from social media. The “free speech” platform Parler, which experienced a largely conservative-leaning person base, was compelled offline by its internet hosts after failing to answer to stories of violent threats on its system.
Like Parler, Clapper turned a popular app for conservatives who disagreed with the content moderation decisions of huge tech providers like Fb, Twitter, and TikTok. The Verge report observed that some QAnon Clapper consumers were being able to create large followings applying hashtags like #thestorm and #thegreatawakening. A person Q-related account discovered by The Verge, belonging to Clapper user Josh Sardam, appears to have been eliminated as of publication.
Clapper’s QAnon ban puts the more compact platform’s insurance policies in line with all those at bigger tech platforms like Facebook and TikTok. Last Oct, Facebook moved to completely ban QAnon, contacting it a “militarized social movement.” Other platforms, like Twitter and TikTok, have also resolved to ban the written content outright in current months.