Twitter Suspends Trump's Favorite Alt-Right Islamophobic Retweet Account

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But the social media firm did publish a blog post on Monday saying that it would start enforcing rule updates that are created to reduce "hateful and abusive" content.

"This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism", the rule continues.

President Donald Trump last month shared several of Fransen's videos, which allegedly showed Muslims carrying out acts of violence.

Twitter accounts for American Renaissance - deemed an extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Centre - were also banned, among other far-right and white nationalist organisations.

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Soon after announcing its implementation of revised rules on hate speech, Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group, media reported.

Twitter has since followed through, beginning by suspending accounts belonging to Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, leaders of Britain First, an ultranationalist political group.

The civil rights group Muslim Advocates also applauded Twitter's new rules.

Taylor said he immediately appealed the suspension but swiftly received a reply from Twitter informing him that his account would not be restored, which he interpreted to mean he had been permanently banned.

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Any account that abuses or threatens others through their profile information, including their username, display name, or profile bio.

If a user posts hateful symbols or images, it must be marked "sensitive media". As the platform rolled out new features such as longer tweets and the ability to "thread" posts, some users were exasperated that the company wasn't also making moves to combat abuse and harassment by its users.

The white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose account was not suspended, tweeted that he had lost more than a hundred followers in the past 24 hours and noted that he didn't "see any systematic method to the #TwitterPurge".

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". It said it would also remove tweets that it determined celebrate violence or glorify people who commit violence. Monday was the deadline to comply with the new policy. "These changes will be enforced starting December 18", Twitter said in a statement.

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