Twitter suspends Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell’s accounts for QAnon conspiracy theories

‘The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,’ Twitter says

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. A federal appeals court hears arguments on whether a judge can be ordered to dismiss the criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn now that the Justice Department no longer wants to pursue it. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster, Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Twitter permanently banned Michael Flynn, Sidney Powell and several other high-profile President Donald Trump supporters’ accounts after they promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Powell, one of Trump’s campaign lawyers, has been pushing false claims regarding Dominion Voting Systems and its role in the 2020 presidential election.

Flynn, the former National Security Advisor who was pardoned by Trump back in November 2020, previously took a recorded oath reciting the QAnon pledge.

“The accounts have been suspended in line with our policy on Coordinated Harmful Activity,” a Twitter spokesperson told NBC News. “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.”

NBC also reported that Twitter removed Ron Watkins’ account. Watkins is the administrator of the website 8kun, previously called 8chan, which hosts posts from Q, the false digital “prophet” for the QAnon conspiracy theory.

These bans come after Twitter locked down Trump’s account on Wednesday for violating company policies.

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