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Amazon begins removing QAnon products from its store

The moves comes in the wake of the deadly insurrection of the US Capitol, which included followers of the discredited far-right conspiracy theories.

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Amazon has begun removing some merchandise related to QAnon from its store, the company said Monday, citing a violation of policies that prohibit offensive items and inappropriate content.

The move was reported earlier by Reuters and confirmed by CNET. It comes after the revelation that believers in QAnon, the discredited, far-right conspiracy theory, played a key role in the riot last week at the US Capitol, which left five people dead. It also follows a move by Amazon to stop hosting the web content of Parler, a social networking app that was used to help organize the Capitol Hill attack.

As of Monday, QAnon products such as books and hats were still available on Amazon's online market place. 

Photos captured at the Capitol Hill insurrection included men and women wearing T-shirts bearing the letter Q, the pseudonym and symbol of the person or people posting messages promoting the debunked theories. 

Amazon has come under fire in the past for not efficiently enforcing its offensive and controversial material policies. These policies prohibit products that "promote, incite or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views."