TikTok has taken steps to make it difficult to locate QAnon conspiracy content.

Angela Lang / CNET

After a Twitter raid on thousands of accounts spreading the QAnon conspiracy theoryThe Chinese-owned social media / video app TikTok has initiated its own procedure and banned two specific QAnon-related hashtags for the service.

The QAnon hashtag can no longer be searched using TikTok, along with another hashtag that uses a popular QAnon slogan, reports the ABC.

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QAnon is a marginal conspiracy theory that revolves around an alleged "deep state" conspiracy against Donald Trump that originated in the 4chan message.

While Twitter's operations affected around 150,000 Twitter accounts, TikTok's actions removed a hashtag that has had around 80 million views to date. However, the ability to search using the hashtag has only been removed. Videos with content that focuses on QAnon are still available on TikTok. Because of the hashtag ban, it is only much more difficult to find them.

This message comes as Many western countries are considering banning TikTok. Citing national security concerns, many governments, including the U.S. and Australia, are concerned that the Chinese government may have an impact on the app. India has already banned TikTok for "compromising the sovereignty and integrity of India, the defense of India, the security of the state and public order".


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