Post the Trump victory last Tuesday, Twitter has decided that it is time to crack down on accounts used by alt-right movement members.
According to an article by USA Today, the social networking site began suspending accounts of the alt-right members on the same day they said they would begin putting an end to hate speech. A statement by Twitter on the matter of hate speech used on their site stated:
‘The Twitter rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy.’
Although this rule is established, one of the leading members of alt-right whose account was suspended doesn’t feel that this is fair for their movement. Richard Spencer, a white nationalist who runs a think tank for the alt-right movement, has a verified account on Twitter that was recently suspended. They not only suspended his account, but also the National Policy Institute in which Spencer presides over, their online magazine Radix Journal, and publishing company Washington Summit Publishers owned by Spencer. He spoke to The Daily Caller about his frustrations in Twitter’s removal of his accounts.
‘This is corporate Stalinism. Twitter is trying to airbrush the Alt-Right out of existence. They’re clearly afraid. They will fail.’
— CNN (@CNN) November 16, 2016
Twitter makes 'great purge' of alt-right accounts https://t.co/vHMECDjaMa
— TIME (@TIME) November 16, 2016
There have been several others whose accounts have been suspended due to their association with the white nationalist movement. In July, they removed Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos for encouraging the harassment of comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. Others removed are Pax Dickinson, former Business Insider chief technology officer, and other alt-right personalities Paul Town and Ricky Vaughn. Last year Charles Johnson was permanently banned from Twitter for soliciting donations to help “take out” activists against policy brutality.
Although Spencer has been so outspoken about Twitter’s removal of his accounts, it seems as though he doesn’t fully understand why. Some of his supporters believe that his tweets were anything but harassing and they feel as if he didn’t use hate speech on Twitter. He even made a YouTube video expressing more of his disdain for the actions Twitter has taken against him and what he stands for.
‘I am alive physically, but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt- right… There is a great purge going on and they are purging people based on their views,’
It’s not just their views. It is the fact that people are being harassed and assaulted because of those views, and Twitter is not going to let them use their site as a means for this movement to spread their hate to the masses. They’ll just have to find another way to carry on their message because it’s not going to be tolerated any longer.
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