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TikTok videos pushing QAnon, COVID vaccine conspiracies surging despite crackdown, report says

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TikTok videos promoting QAnon and anti-vaccine conspiracies are surging in popularity despite a crackdown by the popular social media app, according to a new report shared exclusively with USA TODAY.

Bogus claims spreading under the hashtag #GlobalRebellion4Freedom include a shadow government setting up FEMA detention camps and Bill Gates and Dr. Anthony Fauci causing COVID to profit from it.

And these TikTok videos are reaching a wide audience. Views increased from 17,600 on March 5 to 1.1 million views on March 29, according to Advance Democracy, a research organization that studies disinformation and extremism.

Advance Democracy searched Facebook and Twitter for the hashtag and found few posts.

After being alerted by USA TODAY, TikTok took down the 10 prominent accounts promoting the #GlobalRebellion4Freedom hashtag.

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