Amazon is removing products promoting the QAnon conspiracy – .
Amazon has started removing QAnon-related products from its platform.
A company spokesman said the process could take a few days. All sellers who attempt to evade the company’s systems and list products are subject to measures, including a general sales ban on Amazon Shops.
News of the ban was first reported in the New York Times.
The company closes the country’s latest conspiracy theory by removing products sold by QAnon supporters from its platform after supporters were prominently displayed in the country’s Capitol riots last week.
Amazon’s ban on Q-related products follows the company’s decision to remove Parler from its web servers and cloud service platform.
The ban applies to self-published books promoting QAnon, as well as clothing, posters, stickers, or any other merchandise related to the Q conspiracy theory.
Amazon has policies banning products that “promote, incite, or glorify hatred or violence against any person or group,” the company said.
A cursory search of the company’s platform on Monday revealed that the ban does not apply to all Q-related products for sale.
Seven pages of Q-related products came up with a search for “WWG1WGA”, an acronym for the Q-related phrase “Wherever we go, we all go”.
The widely discredited Q conspiracy theory was born from a stew of various conspiracy theories that emerged from the 4chan forums in 2017.
Since its inception, conspiracy theory has drawn the attention of conservative activists, and its supporters were very visible in the group of rioters who stormed the Capitol building last week – even when at least one Q believer joined Congress that same week.
Amazon’s decision to ban the sale of Q-related goods comes many, many, many years after the movement was first linked to violence, . previously reported.
Crimes committed by believers included the fatal shooting of a mob chief in Staten Island and blocking the Hoover Dam Bridge in an armed battle.
The conspiracy’s supporters have also meddled in legitimate child safety efforts by hijacking the hashtag #savethechildren and exporting their extreme ideas into mainstream conversation under the guise of helping children. Facebook, which previously banned QAnon, limited the hashtag’s reach in late 2020 due to the disruption.