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Twitter Starts Banning Extremists Under New Rules, Which Exempt Trump

20 December 2017

While some heralded Twitter's crackdown as a step toward making the platform safer and more welcoming, others balked at the notion of speech and expression being regulated by a tech firm whose policy enforcement remains largely opaque. The account of far-right group Britain First, a small group that regularly posts inflammatory videos purporting to show Muslims engaged in acts of violence, was among the first to go dark. In August, social media networks began removing white nationalists after hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of them was charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman by running her down in a auto.

In addition, the micro-blogging platform's rules on violence and physical harm will be broadened to cover "accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes" and groups that fall under this category will be those that "identify as such or engage in activity-both on and off the platform".

Mr Dorsey said the site had "mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason" the videos remained online, with the company adding its current media policy had not been violated, but would "continue to re-evaluate and examine our policies as the world around us evolves".

The move came a day before British MPs, who are part of the Home Affairs Committee, were set to discuss the role social media plays in influencing hate crime.

"If an account's profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended", Twitter's safety team explained in a company blog post Monday. According to Twitter, hateful imagery includes logos, symbols or images that highlight hostility and malice against people on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity and national origin.

Twitter did not provide a list of other accounts that have been immediately affected, and the company did not respond to Ars' request for comment pre-publication.

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Twitter suspends hate preachers and Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

So @Twitter finally suspend Britain First - the day before social media cos appear at @CommonsHomeAffs.Why does it take a Parliamentary hearing to make them do the right thing?

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

Exceptions: However, the policies are not applicable to military or government entities.

The main account for the far-right group has also been shut down by Twitter.

Twitter Starts Banning Extremists Under New Rules, Which Exempt Trump