Amazon removes QAnon products after violence against the US Capitol

Amazon said Monday it was working to remove some QAnon products from its online marketplace, citing policies that prohibit objectionable items or other inappropriate content.

The world’s largest online retailer looked to see if clothing with QAnon insignia and related books was available for sale after QAnon supporters joined the siege of the U.S. Capitol last week that killed five people.

QAnon supporters have fueled social media conspiracies based on web postings of the anonymous “Q”, citing inside knowledge of the administration of US President Donald Trump. This includes the unsubstantiated claim that Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child-like predators, including prominent Democrats and Hollywood figures.

Amazon’s move follows a decision to end hosting the web content of Parler, a social network used by some Trump supporters. The company claimed Parler violated the terms of service of its cloud computing division Amazon Web Services (AWS) because it couldn’t cope with an increase in violent social media. Parler sued AWS Monday in response.

Amazon was previously under fire – and has removed listing products that promote extremist views, like books that deny the Holocaust.

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