Jayda Fransen Suspended From Twitter

Jayda Fransen Suspended From Twitter

In a statement, the social site said: 'Today, we are starting to enforce these policies across Twitter.

British Minister of State for Digital Matthew Hancock tweeted that the account suspensions were a "good step forward" for Twitter. Moving away from its free-speech stance that anything goes and users can self regulate well enough to weed out problematic tweets, Twitter this year took a more hard-line position.

Users can report profiles, or users, that they consider to be in violation of Twitter policy. No such symbols or imagery will be allowed on people's profiles. Besides being banned from profile photos, hate images may be further restricted where national laws require, as in Germany.

This isn't the first time Twitter has targeted white nationalists and other leaders associated with the far-right.

"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. It's also classifying hateful imagery like logos, symbols, or images that are used to promote hostility against others based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity as "sensitive media".

Privately owned tech companies are not subject to the First Amendment, which ensures the right to speech free from government censorship.

But even then it can be hard to tell whether a company is implementing its rules fairly or singling out certain people or groups that it may not like, Llansó said. Twitter has also been criticized for the seemingly arbitrary way it enforces its rules and has previously said it plans to do a better job of responding to users' reports of abuse.

Jayda Fransen Suspended From Twitter

Golding, 35, and Fransen, 31, recently gained increased notoriety when President Donald Trump retweeted three unverified anti-Muslim videos from Fransen's Twitter account, according to the Independent.

Now, at last, Twitter seems to be waking up to what's going on, and this morning suspended Fransen's account, in addition to the account of Britain First.

The company declined to specify what others or how many were removed.

On Monday, Twitter users sympathetic with the white nationalists booted from the platform added the hashtag #twitterpurge to blame the company for playing favorites and said it was silencing voices for offering unpopular opinions.

One rule regarding violence takes into account Twitter users' activity offline, forbidding users from affiliating with organisations that promote violence against civilians either on or off the site.

Recode noted that the new Twitter rules did not specifically mention the alt-right or neo-Nazi groups.

But Twitter said it would not cut off accounts for military or government entities, and would consider exceptions "for groups that are now engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution".

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