Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

  • Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

Twitter has suspended several accounts belonging to alt-right members and beefed up measures for users to block hate speech. After releasing new muting tools today meant to curb online abuse, the company has banned several previously verified users including Richard Spencer who identify as Alt-Right and pro-Trump.

Now banned from Twitter, Spencer took to YouTube to vent his anger at what he called "corporate Stalinism".

Without any trace of irony Spencer's post is entitled "The Knight of the Long Knives", a reference for when Adolf Hitler carried out a series of political purges within his own Nazi party in 1934, meant to consolidate his power in Germany.

"Gab just seems like a pointless echo chamber, there are enough alt-right blogs and forums", wrote one supporter of the movement in a discussion thread about the Twitter suspensions.

Twitter on Tuesday removed Spencer's verified account, @RichardBSpencer, that of his think tank, the National Policy Institute @npiamerica, and his online magazine @radixjournal.

The Twitter accounts of alt-right personalities Paul Town Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers also were suspended
The Twitter accounts of alt-right personalities Paul Town Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers also were suspended

"The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies", reports The Daily News.

WIRED also reported Tuesday that Twitter users would soon be able to filter out certain keywords, phrases, user names and hashtags on the site, a tool it said would help fight abuse and harassment. "They're clearly afraid. They will fail", he told the website. "These behaviors inhibit people from participating on Twitter, or anywhere", said Twitter in a statement. "We don't comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons", the company said in an email. Twitter will make its Wall Street debut on November 7 with a price tag of 26 United States dollars per share, bidding to raise up to 2.1 billion U.S. dollars in the most eagerly awaited stock offering since Facebook. This criticism intensified after the election of Donald Trump, which has led to a wider debate about the role of social media in combating fake news and hate speech. He said he thought that the censorship of Spencer's account, in particular, was unwarranted.

Earlier this year, Twitter permanently banned conservative Breitbart writer and prominent alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos amid a campaign targeted at Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones, who temporarily left Twitter under a barrage of abusive messages.

Abuse on Twitter, already a main complaint of users, intensified and became more public.

Vaughn, an anonymous Twitter personality, has said "we need racial separatism in order to maintain our unique culture and racial heritage" and has made it clear that he opposes interracial marriages.