Social media giant Facebook deleted nearly 150 accounts, pages and groups linked with Germany’s Querdenken (Lateral Thinking) movement, the platform’s representatives said on Thursday. The movement made its reputation by accusing the media and politicians of lying about the coronavirus pandemic.
“The people behind this activity used authentic and duplicate accounts to post and amplify violating content, primarily focused on promoting the conspiracy that the German government’s COVID-19 restrictions are part of a larger plan to strip citizens of their freedoms and basic rights,” Facebook head of security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, told reporters.
The clampdown included both Facebook’s own platform and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. The company blocked domains linked with the movement from being shared. Accounts of Querdenken founder Michael Ballweg have also been affected.