Update (6/28/21): All Cash App accounts mentioned in this article have now been taken down.
Multiple influencers who support the QAnon conspiracy theory have been using the payment processor platform Cash App to raise funds, likely in violation of the platform’s rules.
QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory, supporters of which have been tied to multiple violent incidents, including participating in the January 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol. Multiple government agencies have issued internal warnings of possible domestic terrorism regarding adherents of the conspiracy theory, including a warning from the FBI in June that QAnon supporters could carry out more violent acts. Members of the National Guard were also forced to stay in Washington, D.C., after the events of January 6 in part because of a QAnon conspiracy theory about March 4.
Cash App’s terms of service would seem to prohibit QAnon-related activity. The platform says users may not “upload or provide Content or otherwise post, transmit, distribute, or disseminate through the Services any material that: (a) is false, misleading, unlawful, obscene, indecent, lewd, pornographic, defamatory, libelous, threatening, harassing, hateful, abusive, or inflammatory” or “encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or gives rise to civil liability.” Cash App has previously banned a QAnon influencer, Jordan Sather, telling him that he was “in violation of our Terms of Service.”
Yet multiple QAnon influencers have been using Cash App to raise funds from followers. Some examples include:
- Spaceshot76, a QAnon channel that has been banned from YouTube and whose host contributed to a QAnon book that made it within the top 60 sellers on Amazon.