Twitter took action against a pair of President Trump’s close associates, banning them from the platform Friday.
Trump ally Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell were both suspended under Twitter’s “Coordinated Harmful Activity” policy. Ron Watkins, who previously ran 8kun (formerly 8chan) also saw his account removed.
“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm, and given the renewed potential for violence surrounding this type of behavior in the coming days, we will permanently suspend accounts that are solely dedicated to sharing QAnon content,” a Twitter spokesperson told TechCrunch.
Each figure has promoted the QAnon conspiracy in recent months. Flynn and Powell were both also actively involved in Trump’s quest to overturn the results of the November election. As the administrator of QAnon’s central online hub, Watkins played a key role QAnon’s explosion into the mainstream over the last few years.