Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

Twitter suspends several alt-right accounts

Twitter has finally had enough of the alt-right white nationalist hate speech landing on its platform and has suspended a number of the most egregious accounts.

Spencer said he and other alt-right advocates are not using Twitter to troll or harass people but to comment on news and express their point of view, the way Twitter is used by most users.

In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Spencer said this is "corporate Stalinism..."

Also Tuesday, Twitter suspended the accounts of several people associated with the alt-right movement, which is often associated with white supremacy, homophobia and anti-Semitism, USA Today reported.

The Southern Poverty Law Center - a non-profit organization that tracks what it views as hate groups and other extremists - asked Twitter to remove over 100 accounts of white supremacists. The movement rallied to Trump's candidacy and helped him beat out over a dozen Republican rivals during primaries and ultimately attain the presidency.

"There's a fine line between free expression and abuse, and this launch is another step on the path toward getting rid of abuse", Twitter's vice president of trust and security, Del Harvey, told The New York Times.

Spencer also uploaded a YouTube video Tuesday entitled, "The Knight of Long Knives" (a reference to the Night of Long Knives in 1934, when Adolf Hitler ordered the death of top SS officials and those he perceived to be opposed to the Nazi party).

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Twitter suspends major alt-right accounts

Twitter has suspended the accounts of several prominent members of the so-called "alt-right" in an apparent purge.

"Twitter rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies", according to an e-mailed statement from a Twitter spokesperson.

In August, Hillary Clinton called out the alt-right movement during a campaign speech in Reno, Nevada, saying the "racist ideology" was "not Republicanism as we have known it".

Richard B Spencer is credited with creating the "alt-right".

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.

Guess which gender is more likely to be verified on Twitter? Six months later, Twitter permanently banned Yiannopoulos for his role in the online harassment of actress and comedian Leslie Jones.

Before the election, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report showing the unprecedented online harassment Jews - and especially Jewish journalists - are facing in the age of Twitter and Trump.

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