Twitter suspends Britain First leaders' accounts

20 December, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Nick Ansell- PA Images via Getty Images                   Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

The company has emphasized that it takes into account many factors before making any enforcement decision, including context of the post, cultural and political considerations and the severity of the violation.

Other accounts kicked off Twitter include those belonging to Jared Taylor, editor of the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance (which also had its verified account closed); Brad Griffin, aka Hunter Wallace, of League of The South, who helped organize a recent White Lives Matter rally in Tennessee; Jeff Schoep, head of the National Socialist Movement, a neo-Nazi group; Vanguard America, the white nationalist group to which James Alex Fields Jr., who drove his auto through protesters in Charlottesville, belonged; Michael Hill, another leader in League of the South; the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group whose co-founder was the recent subject of a sympathetic New York Times profile; Generation Identify, a European white "identitarian" group; the American Nazi Party; the English Defense League, an anti-Muslim group; and the Canadian chapter of the Jewish Defense League, a violent far-right and pro-Israel group. Other users would then see a warning that would allow them to decide whether to view the post.

Hateful imagery and language in Twitter profiles as well as the use of any language that condones violence. American Renaissance and Occidental Dissent both referred readers to an online chat site frequented by white nationalists. As of early Monday afternoon, Spencer's account is still functioning.

Ms. Fransen, who was arrested by Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detectives in London last month, said she'd been given bail conditions which included a ban on social media. But, he added, it's not going to be immediately clear to all users what falls within the new prohibitions.

Many on social media applauded the move, insisting President Donald Trump's account should also be terminated.

Muslim Advocates, which also sits on Twitter's Trust and Safety Council, told the company in a letter that Britain First was trying to "perpetuate and fuel hatred and fear of Muslims".

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Twitter has been overhauling many of its policies in recent weeks following repeated criticism over how it handles abusive content.

While more content is banned, the company has provided more leeway for itself after it was criticized for strict rules that resulted in account suspensions.

McGowan had also been using the platform to call out sexual harassment in Hollywood, posting a series of tweets about Harvey Weinstein. "These changes will be enforced starting December 18", Twitter said in a statement.

The new stricter policy kicked several American users off the platform, as well.

This story has been corrected to read that Michael Hill is of the League of the South, not the Traditionalist Workers Party.

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