Late last year, you may have heard about measures that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter were taking against the conspiracy theory group known as QAnon.
I discuss the group in greater detail here, but it helps to understand that they've been brought together by the online claims of an individual who goes by Q and purports to have high level clearance in the U.S. government.
What this person has claimed and what their followers believe is that Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and other political and cultural institutions are secretly run by Satan-worshipping pedophiles that President Donald Trump is waging secret wars against.
Although Q has offered no evidence to remotely support these outlandish statements, the inflammatory nature of this person's "drops" has compelled thousands, if not millions, of people to believe them. Some of these followers have indicated that they're willing to wage violent campaigns against their perceived enemies, which has led social media platforms to ban QAnon-related content.
But in the wake of the U.S. Capitol riot, both Twitter and Facebook have taken an even more aggressive strategy in moderating their respective platforms.