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JOHNSON CITY, TN – OCTOBER 01: Supporters of President Donald Trump wearing ‘QAnon’ t-shirts wait in line before a campaign rally at Freedom Hall on October 1, 2018 in Johnson City, Tennessee. President Trump is holding the rally to support Republican senate candidate Marsha Blackburn.  
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Social Media enterprise, Facebook, shuts down the largest QAnon conspiracy theory group as it violates, yet again, a series of the website’s company policies and community standards.

According to a spokesperson from the social media company, the Facebook group named “Official Q/Qanon” is shut down. The said group had nearly 200,000 members that share posts regarding speculations and conspiracies that form an opinion leading to belief.

Reuters’ report stated that a Facebook spokeswoman shared the cases that led to the group’s dissolving. The said cases include Facebook users sharing posts concerning bullying and harassment, hate speech, false information, and even posts that could lead or suggest harm to a person.

The Facebook official wished to be nameless and added that the social media network is closely monitoring groups that relate to QAnon or are even believed to be managed by QAnon. Facebook took down the group last Tuesday, August 4, and is currently enforcing a stricter rule over those related to it.

Earlier in May, Reuters said that Facebook already removed a similar group with fewer members and followers. This particular QAnon group spread misleading information about the current global crisis, the COVID-19.

QAnon is recently linked to numerous controversies, including the #SaveThe Children issue that Facebook also banned.

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QAnon, a Threat?

QAnon led many to believe a lot of issues and controversies that surround the everyday lives of Americans. As its supporters perceive them as a truth-spitting collective, many are led to believe that they are a harbinger of false news.

New York Times expressed on an opinion piece on their website just how dangerous this group is. The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) even claims the group, QAnon, “one of the most dangerous conspiracy theories posing a domestic threat to the United States.”

Conspiracy theories bring little to no truth as they base on speculations and prejudices by a specific person. This collective of people harnessing the power of words to create a different reality and amassing a massive load of followers is sometimes considered a cult.

The organization continues to grow in following and believers as they gather followers through their mass appeal and the use of ‘memes.’

Alt Right Group Holds Rally In Portland, Oregon

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PORTLAND, OR – AUGUST 17: A person holds a banner referring to the Qanon conspiracy theory during a alt-right rally on August 17, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Anti-fascism demonstrators gathered to counter-protest a rally held by far-right, extremist groups.

QAnon Conspiracies

The group became famous through social media by presenting conspiracy theories that are gravely appealing to the American audience. QAnon cited various conspiracies that revolved around the government, media, and business sectors that riles up the belief of anyone who gets to read their literature.

QAnon grew famous as the group promised people of “the Great Awakening.” Atlantic cited that this movement will round up elites and remove them from their spots. After then, the truth will be revealed as no one controls certain places anymore.

The group also conspired about certain Hollywood elites and artists that are claimed to be sexual predators and child molesters. Tom Hanks was recently branded a ‘pedophile’ and had his Hollywood star vandalized.

Apart from Facebook that made this notable action against QAnon, Twitter is also making a stand in destemming the web of conspiracies that the group shares in their platform. Twitter is direct and vocal in this course of action as the social media company will not tolerate the proliferation of specific content in their platform.

ALSO READ: Twitter Security Bug May Expose Some Android Users’ Private Messages, Company Reveals

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Written by Isaiah Alonzo

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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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