Following a TikTok has unleashed a crackdown of its own, banning two specific related hashtags on the service., Chinese-owned social media/video app
The QAnon hashtag is no longer searchable using TikTok, alongside another hashtag using a popular QAnon slogan, reports the ABC.
QAnon is a fringe conspiracy theory centered on a supposed plot by the "deep state" against Donald Trump that has origins in the message board 4chan.
Whereas Twitter's crackdown impacted around 150,000 Twitter accounts, TikTok's actions have taken down a hashtag that has -- to date -- around 80 million views. But only the ability to search using the hashtag has been removed. Videos containing content focused on QAnon still exists on TikTok, it's just much more difficult to find, as a result of the hashtag ban.
This news comes as. Citing national security concerns, many governments -- including the US and Australia -- are worried that the Chinese government might have sway over the app. for being "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of state and public order."