Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Britain First Leaders Among First 'Haters' Banned by Twitter

Britain First Leaders Among First 'Haters' Banned by Twitter

On hate symbols and imagery, it said: "At a high level, hateful imagery, hate symbols, etc will now be considered sensitive media (similar to how we handle and enforce adult content and graphic violence)".

"Our hateful conduct policy and rules against abusive behavior prohibit promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening other people on the basis of their group characteristics, as well as engaging in abusive behavior that harasses, intimidates, or uses fear to silence another person's voice", the company wrote in a Monday blog post.

United Kingdom political leaders including Prime Minister Theresa May swiftly condemned Trump for sharing the videos with his millions of followers.

The so-called alt-right, a coalition born online that combines racism, white nationalism, anti-feminism and populism in its politics and meme-driven trolling of others, has for months been building alternatives to Twitter and other social media sites due to increased crackdowns on hate speech and ideology.

"Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions".

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The posts included unverified videos titled 'Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!' and 'Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!'

According to a report in ReCode late on Sunday, "for Twitter, the two new restrictions are attempts to combat rampant harassment and abuse on the site".

The Twitter account of Britain First's Jayda Fransen was suspended in what has been dubbed the "Twitter purge".

The social network has been ramping up its fight against hateful and "abusive" content.

Other accounts which appear to have been suspended for violating the new rules are @BritainFirstHQ and that of leader Paul Golding, @Goldingbf.

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Hate imagery will now fall under the rubric of Twitter's "sensitive media policy", and that will include any "logos, symbols, or images whose objective is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin".

Presumably that would include the well-documented, countless accounts bearing Nazi flags, swastikas and similar symbols.

Britain First continues to operate on Facebook, where it has nearly two million likes and continues to share objectionable content.

Among the accounts to be suspended is that of deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who gained notoriety when three anti-Muslim videos she posted were retweeted by US President Donald Trump. All I want to know is what took them so long?

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