YouTube is the latest Silicon Valley company to update its moderation policies around the fringe theory QAnon, announcing that content that targets or harasses people based on conspiracy theories will be removed. YouTube will not issue a blanket ban on QAnon content, though.
The company is trying to curb harassment and hate by "removing more conspiracy theory content used to justify real-world violence," according to its new blog post. That means if people are posting videos about QAnon and alleging anything that could result in actual harm or harassment for a specific person or group, those videos will be removed. YouTube's blog post did not talk about whether or not those accounts would be removed, although YouTube tends to operate on a three-strike policy before a channel is taken down.
"As always, context matters, so news coverage on these issues or content discussing them without targeting individuals or protected groups may stay up," the blog post reads. "We will begin enforcing this updated policy today, and will ramp up in the weeks to come."