Twitter suspends accounts of British far-right group leaders

20 December, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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That means even though Trump has technically violated Twitter's abuse policies in the past, he is exempt from the new rules.

If Britain First sounds familiar, that's because it's the same account President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos from Britain First a few weeks ago.

All three accounts are listed on the Britain First website as "official accounts".

A number of prominent far-right accounts, including the white nationalist American Renaissance and its founder Jared Taylor, the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party and white nationalist group Vanguard America were suspended on Monday.

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Paul Golding, Britain First's leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and their past posts no longer appear.

Hateful imagery and language in Twitter profiles as well as the use of any language that condones violence.

Emma Llanso, director of the free expression project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said the new guidelines represent a substantial change for Twitter's policies.

If a user posts hateful symbols or images, it must be marked "sensitive media".

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Twitter has admitted it "may make some mistakes" as it strives to enforce the new policy aimed at reducing hateful and abusive content on the platform. Other users would then see a warning that would allow them to decide whether to view the post.

Not long after introducing a new policy to stamp out the activities of groups advocating violence against civilians on its network, Twitter has banned the deputy leader of a controversial British political organization.

British Minister of State for Digital Matthew Hancock tweeted that the account suspensions were a "good step forward" for Twitter.

Any account that abuses or threatens others through their profile information, including their username, display name, or profile bio. "These changes will be enforced starting December 18", Twitter said in a statement.

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Asked Monday if Twitter's new rules would stop Nazis and their ilk from just opening new accounts after being kicked off the site, a Twitter spokesperson told HuffPost that the company takes "preventative measures to help keep accounts that have been suspended from popping up under new guises, though we don't discuss those measures publicly lest we inadvertently make it easier for suspended users to evade such measures". To figure out if an account has ties to these groups, Twitter said it will look at users' behavior, such as whether they're funding a violent extremist group, promoting their acts or recruiting for them.

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