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Amazon is removing QAnon apparel from its site after supporters of the conspiracy theory participated in the attack on the US Capitol (AMZN)

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 12 Jan 2021


<p><img src="https://static2.businessinsider.com/image/5f85cb80c255d800190b9988-960/qanon-amazon.jpg" border="0" alt="qanon amazon" data-mce-source="Amazon; Business Insider" data-mce-caption="Screenshots show QAnon-related products available for sale on Amazon."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>After booting right-wing social media app <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/parler-offline-outage-amazon-servers-2021-1">Parler from its cloud services</a> this week, Amazon has now started removing items related to baseless cos piracy theory QAnon from its site, the <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/11/business/amazon-qanon.html">New York Times reported</a>.</p><p>Products on Amazon are often sold through third-party sellers, had more than <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-qanon-merchandise-products-shirt-item-facebook-ban-conspiracy-theory-2020-10">1,000 items</a> related to the conspiracy as of October. <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/qanon-halloween-costumes-amazon-are-still-available-2020-10">Children's Halloween costumes</a>, books, and T-shirts with the letter "Q" or acronym "WWGIWGA," which stands for "Where we go one, we go all." The removal will take several days, according to the Times.&nbsp;</p><p>QAnon is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a "deep state" cabal of human traffickers. In 2019, the FBI called QAnon a <a href="https://news.yahoo.com/fbi-documents-conspiracy-theories-terrorism-160000507.html">potential domestic terrorism threat</a>, and the movement has been linked to <a href="https://www.insider.com/qanon-violence-crime-conspiracy-theory-us-allegation-arrest-killing-gun-2020-8">several crimes</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Amazon did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.&nbsp;</p><p>In its seller policies, Amazon states it does not allow items that "promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views." The product removal at Amazon comes months after Etsy, Google, TikTok, and Facebook <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-selling-qanon-shirts-masks-products-2020-8">began to crack down</a> on pages related to QAnon.&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/right-wing-conspiracy-theories-qanon-fueled-capitol-siege-instigate-violence-2021-1'r=nd-sub">The right-wing conspiracy theories that fueled the Capitol siege are going to instigate more violence</a></em></p><p>QAnon supporters were a visible presence during&nbsp;the attack on the US Capitol last week that left five dead, including <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/brian-did-his-job-family-remembers-fallen-capitol-officer-2021-1">Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick</a>. As rioters violently invaded the Capitol, signs and apparel showed QAnon designs similar to those that have been sold on Amazon.</p><p>A QAnon follower who dubbed himself the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/q-shaman-qanon-influencer-capitol-siege-washington-dc-protest-riot-2021-1">"Q Shaman"</a> was prominently featured in news coverage of the insurrection. The man, later identified as Jacob Anthony Chansley, wore a horned helmet and red, white, and blue face paint. He walked through the Capitol halls with a megaphone and took photos on the Senate dais. The Department of Justice arrested him days later.&nbsp;</p><p>In the weeks leading up to January 6, QAnon figures and other <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/plans-to-storm-the-capitol-circulated-on-social-media-2021-1">far-right extremists had been planning the violence publicly</a> on popular social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, sites like Parler and Gab, and niche forums like TheDonald. Before that, the group had been sowing doubt about the presidential election, calling President-elect Joe Biden win fraudulent, Insider's <a href="https://www.insider.com/capitol-riots-qanon-protest-conspiracy-theory-washington-dc-protests-2021-1">Rachel Greenspan reported</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-removes-qanon-conspiracy-theory-products-from-site-2021-1#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/pikes-peak-hill-climb-colorado-most-dangerous-racetrack-2020-2">Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America</a></p>
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