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New Twitter Rule Suspends Users Affiliated With Hate Groups

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By    |   Monday, 18 December 2017 01:41 PM

Twitter on Monday began enforcing new rules that would suspend users that are associated with hate groups, according to Recode.

The social media platform also began penalizing account holders whose profiles contained "hateful imagery and display names," or those who use a "username, display name, or profile bio to engage in abusive behavior," the company said in a blog post.

Recode noted that the new Twitter rules did not specifically mention the alt-right or neo-Nazi groups. The policy pointed more widely, toward "specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people," the Twitter blog said.

The new rules are because some users with ties to the alt-right or neo-Nazi movements have taken advantage of Twitter to send false news reports and to attack their critics. A neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier in 2017 was organized on the platform, Recode reported.

Some alt-right associated Twitter users feared that the new rules would mean a "purge," with some moving to Gab, a social media site that is alt-right friendly, the Recode report said.

By Monday morning, some alt-right accounts have gone offline, such as nationalist Jared Taylor and his site American Resistance, as well as white nationalists Hunter Wallace and the Traditionalist Workers Party, according to The Daily Beast.

Also offline, according to The Daily Beast were: the British far-right group Britain First, and its founder Jayda Fransen, whom President Donald Trump retweeted on Nov. 29.

"We’re making these changes to create a safer environment for everyone," the Twitter blog post said.

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