Etsy will remove all QAnon-related merchandise from the platform as tech companies fight the conspiracy theory's growth
- Digital marketplace
Etsyhas announced a ban on all items related to the QAnonconspiracy theory.
- "Our seller policies prohibit items that promote hate, incite violence, or promote or endorse harmful
misinformation. In accordance with these policies, we are removing items related to 'QAnon' from our marketplace," an Etsy spokesperson told Insider in a statement Wednesday.
- QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory, has continued to rapidly grow, while some followers of the theory have been linked to violent crimes.
Etsy is removing all merchandise linked to the QAnon conspiracy theory, a spokesperson told Insider on Wednesday.
QAnon, a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a "deep state" cabal of human traffickers, has held a huge presence on the online marketplace, where independent users can sell apparel.Etsy's QAnon content, which appears to already be absent from or unsearchable on the website Wednesday, included shirts, bumper stickers, and jewelry.
The FBI said in a bulletin from its Phoenix bureau last year that QAnon posed a potential domestic terrorism threat. QAnon followers have been linked to several violent crimes and kidnappings, and the movement's most basic tenets are compiled from misinformation.
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