Twitter Suspends Major Alt-Right Accounts in Crackdown on Hate Speech


A number of Twitter accounts belonging to far-right, or alt-right, activists were suspended Wednesday, following the company’s announcement that it would crack down on hate speech.

Self-declared white-nationalist National Policy institute, its magazine, and its head Richard Spencer all had accounts that have been suspended, as well as alt-right activists such as Pax Dickinson and Paul Town.

Spencer, who had a verified account on Twitter, has said he wanted a number of minorities kicked out of the country, and has called for “peaceful ethnic cleansing”, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy,” Twitter said in a statement.

But alt-right supporters have said the suspensions are a “purge”.

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